JetBlue Airways, New York’s home-town, low fare airline, today boards its one millionth passenger, just ten months after launching service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 11.
At a joint press conference this morning with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JetBlue supporter U.S. Congressman Gregory R. Meeks, JetBlue CEO David Neeleman will announce that the airline has booked over $100 million in flown revenue this year and expects to report a profit for the fourth quarter of 2000. JetBlue reported that August, only its six full month of operation, was its first profitable month. In October, JetBlue’s on-time performance would rank number one in every market it served, if compared to the major airlines.
“With JetBlue, we’re proving that a start-up airline can be successful, popular and profitable,” said Mr. Neeleman. “It takes the right mix of a strong business plan, an experienced management team, dedicated employees, a great product, and service, service, service. And in New York, with the support of a forward-thinking Port Authority, it’s imperative to base your operations from a great airport such as JFK, New York’s most on-time airport.*”
“In our first six months, we reported an overall on-time performance of 80.25%, while the major airlines averaged 73.6%. In October, JetBlue was the number one on-time airline on every route we fly, up to 96.4%. We could only have achieved this on-time performance operating out of JFK,” added Neeleman.
“JetBlue`s investment, which is expected to include tens of millions of dollars worth of terminal improvements at JFK, is a key part of the Port Authority`s $10 billion Kennedy Airport redevelopment program, the largest in U.S. aviation history,” said Port Authority Director of Aviation William R. DeCota. “The successful partnership of JetBlue Airways and Kennedy Airport has given travelers more options and greatly improved service.”
“From the first passenger this past February to the millionth, JetBlue, the new kid on the block, continues to deliver excellent service and prices to its customers,” said Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (06-NY) whose district includes John F. Kennedy International Airport. “Today’s milestone is a reaffirmation of JetBlue’s product quality and successful management practices.”
From JFK, JetBlue flies: five times daily to Fort Lauderdale, FL, Buffalo, NY and Rochester, NY; three times daily to Orlando and Tampa, FL; twice daily to Burlington, VT, and West Palm Beach, FL; and daily to Los Angeles/Ontario, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, and Fort Myers, FL
JetBlue currently operates 58 flights a day with a fleet of ten brand new, environmentally-friendly Airbus A320 aircraft, outfitted with roomy all-leather seats each equipped with LiveTV, offering 24-channel satellite television at every seat. LiveTV is available free of charge to all JetBlue passengers. Next year, JetBlue will take delivery of ten more brand new Airbus A320 aircraft and will add more new cities to its list of destinations.
With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and a Saturday night stay is never required. For more information, schedules, and fares, please visit our website at www.jetblue.com or call JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).