Entries in JetBlue (10)

Monday
Jun272011

Airbus A320neo dominates commerce during the Paris Air Show

The recently completed 2011 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport (IATA: LBG; ICAO: LFPB) showed that the airline industry has much interest in a new model of aircraft being built by Airbus.  An environmentally friendlier version of the Toulouse-based aircraft maker's A320, the new variant shown off by Airbus at Le Bourget last week is identified by the Greek prefix meaning "new" tacked onto its name (albeit, the end of its name).

The London-based Guardian reported that Airbus did 57 billion USD (39.9 billion EUR; 35.4 billion GBP) in business during the biennial air show, at the general aviation field east of ParisAs reported here last week, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) placed an order for 30 of the A320neo.  But the Guardian reported that the Indian budget carrier IndiGo ordered a stunning 150 of the model (along with 30 ordinary A320s), and that the Malaysian budget carrier Air Asia topped even that, with an order for 200 of the A320neo.  A recap of the events at the world's largest air show, from Aviation International News, states that this latter transaction was "the largest single firm order in aviation history."

Other buyers of the A320neo in Paris last week were the American budget carrier JetBlue Airways, the Chilean airline LAN, the Indian budget carrier GoAir, and Republic Airways, an American holding company which owns six United States-based airlines.

The A320neo models will, according to Airbus, boast more efficient engines than what the ordinary A320 has.  The aircraft maker promises the A320neo will burn 15 percent less fuel than the A320 does.  If true, this means the A320neo will have an additional range (relative to the A320) of 950 kilometers (589 miles), all else equal.  Alternatively, it means the A320neo will be able to carry two metric tons (4,400 pounds) more payload, all else equal.

As it so happens, "neo" is an Airbus acronym for "new engine option."  The "neo" engines are being built by American engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and by CFM International.  The latter is a transnational joint venture between the American firm General Electric, and the French engine maker Snecma.  The A320neo is "due to enter operational use in October 2015," according to a video uploaded by Aviation Week, to YouTube.

related story

Scandinavian Airlines orders 30 of the Airbus A320neo (June 21, 2011)

original stories

Paris Air Show 2011 Report (Aviation International News)

Airbus 'overwhelmed' by sales success as A320neo proves a hit at Paris air show (The Guardian)

Airbus A320neo star of the Paris Air Show (Aerospace and Defence News)

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Thursday
Nov182010

Emirates and JetBlue agree to JFK-focused partnership

The official airline of the emirate of Dubai, Emirates, has agreed to an interline partnership with the American-based low-fare carrier JetBlue Airways.  The interline agreement focuses on New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK).  The intent of the partnership is that air travelers will be able to book travel via Kennedy International, with both carriers in a single reservation.  The largest Middle Eastern airline operates two daily flights in each direction between its hub Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Kennedy International, with both the new Airbus A380, and the Boeing 777-300ER.  JetBlue announed that this interline partnership will include "one-stop check-in and and baggage transfer between the airlines."

Scott Resnick, JetBlue's director of airline partnerships, called Emirates "a perfect fit for JetBlue's growing portfolio of international partners," and acknowledged the much larger international carrier's reputation for a high level of customer service.  Emirates' Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations for Americas and Africa, Nigel Page, called it a "natural partnership," pointing out that both parties to this agreement have been "recognized for their best-in-class services."

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates 152 aircraft to 108 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

JetBlue Airways is a low-fare airline which was founded in New York in 1998.  It flies 160 aircraft to 62 destinations in North America and 1 in South America (Bogotá, Colombia).  Its offices are located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, in the City of New York.  Its main hub is Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), where JetBlue claims to have a plurality of the passenger market share, according to this press release.  JetBlue company stock is traded on the New York-based NASDAQ Stock Market, and is identified by the ticker symbol JBLU.

related story

Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route (November 9, 2010)

original stories

JetBlue partners with Dubai-based Emirates (Yahoo Finance)

JetBlue Airways and Emirates Partner to Offer New Global Connections (JetBlue Airways)

Sunday
Nov072010

JetBlue inaugurates DCA-BOS route and DCA-Florida routes

Last week, American low-fare airline JetBlue Airways commenced several times daily service between Reagan National Airport (IATA: DCA; ICAO: KDCA) across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and Logan International Airport (IATA: BOS; ICAO: KBOS) in Boston

With the discontinuation by the American Airlines subsidiary American Eagle, of its several times daily service between the two airports, JetBlue is in the enviable position of having the opportunity to win over business travelers along the route, who had been loyal to American Airlines.  DCA is the preferred airport for business and government-related travel in the Washington, D.C. area.  With American Airlines' retirement of the route, Delta Air Lines and US Airways are now the only other carriers that fly between Washington National and Logan International non-stop.  In addition, these two airlines combined possess well over half of the passenger market share at DCA.  Analysts believe introduction of a D.C.-Boston non-stop route by a low-fare carrier such as JetBlue will almost surely put pressure on Delta Air Lines and US Airways to lower fares.  JetBlue now serves all three Washington, D.C.-area airports, and boasts a total of 18 daily departures in each direction between the two metropolitan areas, according to a press release.

Also last week, JetBlue introduced a once-daily route in each direction between DCA and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (IATA: FLL; ICAO: KFLL) in southeastern Florida, and a once-daily route in each direction between DCA and Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO; ICAO: KMCO) just south of Orlando, Florida.

JetBlue is a low-cost airline which was founded in New York in 1998.  It flies 158 aircraft to 61 destinations in North America and 1 in South America (Bogotá, Colombia).  Its offices are located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, in the City of New York.  Its main hub is Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK).

related stories

Jet Airways now flies to Sri Lanka from two more Indian cities (November 7, 2010)

Air Berlin begins Winter 2011 route to Spain's Costa Blanca (November 4, 2010)

Tokyo's Haneda Airport resumes regular international service (October 31, 2010)

France-based airline flies non-stop to Baghdad (October 31, 2010)

Air Canada expands Winter 2011 schedule (October 21, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines starts non-stop Maui-Las Vegas route (October 8, 2010)

JetBlue now flies between Boston and Phoenix non-stop (September 4, 2010)

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday (August 16, 2010)

original stories

JetBlue to launch service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Boston and Florida (JetBlue Airways)

JetBlue enters the Boston-D.C. shuttle business (USA Today)

JetBlue starts Reagan Airport flights, says it's now top D.C.-Boston carrier (USA Today)

Saturday
Sep042010

JetBlue now flies between Boston and Phoenix non-stop

This past Thursday, the American-based air carrier JetBlue Airways started flying non-stop between Logan International Airport in Boston (IATA: BOS; ICAO: KBOS) and Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix (IATA: PHX; ICAO: KPHX).  JetBlue is flying this route once per day.  The route is being flown with the A320 model, from the Toulouse, France-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

Departure from Boston is scheduled to take place daily at 7:30 in the morning, local time.  Arrival in Phoenix is scheduled for 10:09 in the morning, local time.  Departure from Phoenix is scheduled to take place daily at 11:00 in the morning, local time.  Arrival back in Boston is scheduled for 6:58 in the evening, local time.  Air travelers who book this route before the end of the day today might be able to get it for $99 one-way.  (Travel must occur before on or before October 30.)

JetBlue is a low-cost airline which was founded in New York in 1998.  Its offices are located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, in the City of New York.  Its main hub is Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK).  JetBlue is unusual among American-based carriers in that it is a non-union airline.

related stories

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday (August 16, 2010)

United Airlines debuts first route to and from Africa (June 19, 2010)

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop Montréal-Brussels route (June 13, 2010)

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

original story (Jet Blue Airways)

Tuesday
Aug172010

"All You Can Jet" for a month with JetBlue, starting at $499

The United States-based air carrier JetBlue Airways announced today via its website, an upcoming program called "All You Can Jet" (AYCJ).  Between September 7 and October 6, inclusive, members of the airline's True Blue reward program are eligible to purchase an All You Can Jet pass for as little as 499 USD.  The pass is valid to and from more than 60 JetBlue destinations.  The $499 pass is not usable on flights departing on Fridays or Sundays throughout the month-long program period.  However, for 699 USD, True Blue reward program members can purchase an All You Can Jet pass which allows unlimited travel on all seven days of the week.

Enrollment in JetBlue's True Blue reward program is required prior buying either one of the All You Can Jet passes.  Bookings through the All You Can Jet program must be made at least three days prior to the intended date of travel.  Flight no-shows in connection with All You Can Jet are penalized with a $100 fee and suspension of program privileges until the fee is paid.  A number of other restrictions apply regarding the All You Can Jet program, not mentioned here.  Please visit JetBlue's offiical website for full details.

original story (JetBlue Airways)

All You Can Jet sale page (JetBlue Airways)

JetBlue baggage allowances (JetBlue Airways)