To support travelers impacted by the cessation of National Airlines` operations last night, JetBlue Airways Nasdaq: JBLU) plans to move up its launch of new service between New York City`s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Las Vegas, NV by two months to November 15, and to operate four daily flights on the route by March 2003. The low-fare airline also announced today that it will offer standby and special low-fare options to travelers holding National Airlines tickets booked for travel through December 15.
Starting November 15, JetBlue will offer a daily flight between JFK and Las Vegas; a second daily flight will be added on January 7. Third and fourth daily flights will be added in February and March, respectively.
National Airlines customers who hold a confirmed ticket, whether paper or electronic, may travel standby on JetBlue on their scheduled date of travel for an administrative fee of $25.* Standby travel is not guaranteed and is only awarded if seats are available at the time of departure.
For National ticket holders who prefer confirmed travel, JetBlue will waive advance purchase restrictions on their lowest regular fares. National Airlines ticket holders will be required to present their National paper ticket or e-ticket confirmation to JetBlue upon check-in.
Of the routes previously operated by National Airlines from Las Vegas, JetBlue currently serves LA/Long Beach nonstop and offers connecting service via Long Beach both to New York City and Washington, D.C. JetBlue`s daily nonstop service between Las Vegas and JFK commences November 15.
JetBlue`s lowest regular fares between Las Vegas and LA/Long Beach start at $44* each way and between Las Vegas and Washington DC and JFK at $139* each way. To introduce the new route between JFK and Las Vegas, JetBlue is offering an introductory sale fare of $99* each way, if booked at JetBlue`s website, www.jetblue.com, or $104* via 1-800-JETBLUE. Introductory sale fares must be purchased by January 7, 2003 for travel completed by February 12, 2003.
National Airlines ticket holders wishing to travel standby on JetBlue must arrive at the airport 90 minutes in advance to place their name on the waitlist. To take advantage of the special low-fare option, National ticket holders should call 1-800-JETBLUE.
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 nearly nine million passengers and currently operates a fleet of 32 new Airbus A320 aircraft. JetBlue is scheduled to introduce into service another four 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.**
JetBlue ranked Best Domestic Airline in Condé Nast Traveler`s 2002 Readers` Choice Awards and Best Domestic Airline (Coach) in Condé Nast Traveler`s 2002 Business Travel Awards. The airline also placed second in the Best Airline categories in Travel & Leisure magazine`s 2002 World`s Best Awards and Zagat`s 2001 Airline Survey.
From its base at New York City`s John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue flies to: Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach, FL; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY; Long Beach, Ontario and Oakland, CA; San Juan, PR; Burlington, VT; Denver, CO; New Orleans, LA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA. From Washington DC, the airline serves Fort Lauderdale, FL, LA/Long Beach, CA, and Oakland, CA. From LA/Long Beach, CA, JetBlue also serves Oakland CA, Las Vegas NV, and Salt Lake City, UT.
With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and a Saturday night stay is never required. To find out more about TrueBlue, the airline`s customer loyalty program, log on to www.jetblue.com/trueblue. The airline is offering double TrueBlue points and $5 each way off all fares booked through its web site, www.jetblue.com, through December 31. For more information, schedules and fares, please visit www.jetblue.com or call JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).