JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) reported today that its traffic in September increased 66.9 percent from September 2002, on a capacity increase of 57.7 percent.
Load factor for September 2003 was 80.2 percent, an increase of 4.4 points from September 2002. JetBlue`s completion factor was 99.9 percent and its on-time(1) performance was 92.1 percent.
JetBlue Airways Corporation JetBlue is a low-fare, low-cost passenger airline, which provides high-quality customer service. JetBlue operates a fleet of 47 new Airbus A320 aircraft and is scheduled to place into service another six A320s by the end of 2003. The airline recently placed an order for 100 EMBRAER 190 aircraft with options for an additional 100. The first EMBRAER 190 is scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2005. All JetBlue aircraft feature roomy all-leather seats each equipped with free live satellite television, offering up to 24 channels of DIRECTV(R) Programming at every seat.(a)
Based at New York City`s John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue currently operates 186 flights a day and serves 22 destinations in 11 states and Puerto Rico with plans to commence service from Boston, Massachusetts beginning January 7, 2004. 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 www.jetblue.com or call JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). This press release, as well as past press releases, can be found on www.jetblue.com.
(a) DIRECTV(R) service is not available on flights between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature which represent our management`s beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are based on information currently available to us. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to many factors, including without limitation, potential hostilities in the Middle East or other regions, our ability to implement our growth strategy and our dependence on the New York market, our fixed obligations and our limited operating history, seasonal fluctuations in our operating results, increases in maintenance costs, fuel prices and interest rates, our competitive environment, our reliance on sole suppliers, government regulation, our failure to properly integrate LiveTV or enforce its patents, our ability to hire qualified personnel, the loss of key personnel and potential problems with our workforce including work stoppages, and continuing changes in the airline industry following the September 11th terrorist attacks and the increased risk of future attacks as well as potential risks with the delivery, placing into service and integration into our operations of the EMBRAER 190 aircraft. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company`s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to, the Company`s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.
(1) The U.S. Department of Transportation considers on-time arrivals to be those flights arriving within 14 minutes of schedule.