New York, NY (September 5, 2002)—JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq: JBLU) reported today that its traffic in August increased 104 percent from August 2001, on a capacity increase of 95 percent.
Load factor for August was 90.5 percent, 4.0 points above August 2001. The airline`s completion factor was 100 percent compared to 99.8 percent a year ago.
JetBlue is a low-fare, low-cost passenger airline, which provides high-quality customer service. Since launching operations in February 2000, the airline has served almost eight million passengers. JetBlue currently flies to a total of 19 cities. JetBlue operates a fleet of 29 new Airbus A320 aircraft and is scheduled to place into service another seven new A320s by the end of 2002. All JetBlue aircraft are outfitted with roomy all-leather seats each equipped with free live satellite television, offering up to 24 channels of DIRECTV® programming at every seat.*
From its base at New York City`s John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue flies to: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, FL; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY; Long Beach, Oakland and Ontario, CA; Burlington, VT; New Orleans, LA; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Seattle, WA. From Washington DC, the airline serves Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Long Beach and Oakland.
Commencing September 6, from its west coast base at Long Beach, CA, JetBlue plans to serve Oakland, in the San Francisco Bay area, with nine flights a day. In addition, from Long Beach beginning October 10, the airline plans to add six flights a day to Las Vegas, a daily flight to Salt Lake City and a fifth daily flight to JFK. JetBlue recently launched TrueBlue, a customer loyalty program through which frequent fliers earn points toward free flights. All points are automatically doubled when TrueBlue members book via www.jetblue.com through December 31, 2002. A free round-trip flight is awarded once a member earns 100 points. For more information about TrueBlue, log on to www.jetblue.com/trueblue.
In February, JetBlue won Air Transport World magazine`s 2002 “Market Development Award,” for its successful first two years of service, and also was named Best Overall Airline by Onboard Services magazine. Last year, the airline ranked first in Conde Nast Traveler`s 2001 Business Travel Awards, second in the Best Domestic Airline category in the magazine`s 14th Annual Readers` Choice Awards, and number two Best Domestic Airline in the 2001 Zagat Airline Survey.
With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and a Saturday night stay is never required. The airline is offering $5 each way off all fares booked through its web site, www.jetblue.com, through September 30, 2002. For more information, schedules and fares, please visit www.jetblue.com or call JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).
* DIRECTV® service is not available on flights between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.