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)

Tuesday
Jul202010

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan

Starting today, air travelers flying with either American Airlines or JetBlue Airways, on an itinerary involving one or both of Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) or Logan International Airport in Boston (IATA: BOS; ICAO: KBOS) will benefit from “more convenient connections and travel options” to and from those two airports, within the domestic and international networks of those two airlines.  The relationship resulting from this interline agreement will be limited to those routes unique to one or the other of the two airlines.  This will cause no route overlap whatsoever, according to a post made to the website of American Airlines yesterday.  Also, starting later this year, members of each airline’s frequent flyer program will be able to earn points with the other airline’s frequent flyer program when flying certain routes.  The routes for which frequent flyer points on the two airlines will be interchangeable, are listed in the press release on the American Airlines website.

On November 1 this year, the two airlines are scheduled to trade timeslots, in a transaction involving three airports, Kennedy International, Logan International, and Westchester County Airport in mainland New York State.

American Airlines was founded in New York in 1930, when dozens of smaller airlines merged to form American Airways.  It relocated its headquarters to Dallas, Texas in 1979, where the airline’s main offices remain today.  American’s largest hub is at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

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.  JetBlue is unusual among American-based carriers in that it is a non-union airline.

related stories

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (American Airlines)

Saturday
Jun122010

Spirit Airlines pilots go on strike, halting all flights

The American low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines has cancelled all flights departing today because of a strike by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing its pilots, www.bloomberg.com reported this morning.  Spirit and ALPA worked until 5:00 this morning EDT, to try to reach a settlement on contentious points, but were unsuccessful.  Bloomberg News reported that the pilots are "seeking pay on par with low-fare competitiors" JetBlue, AirTran, and Southwest Airlines.  Attempts to book flights on www.spiritair.com for the dates June 12 and June 13 generate an error message.  This past Wednesday, USA Today reported that Spirit pledged to continue flying despite any strike that might occur.  But Spirit is now offering compensation due to the pilots’ strike, for travelers scheduled to fly with the airline on June 12.

Spirit Airlines generated controversy earlier this year when it announced it would begin charging its passengers for carry on bags placed in overhead storage.  It was founded in 1980 as a Michigan-based charter airline called Charter One.  It relocated to Florida in 1999, and uses two airports as equal hubs, Detroit-Wayne County International (IATA: DTW; ICAO: KDTW), and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (IATA: FLL; ICAO: KFLL).  Atlantic City International Airport (IATA: ACY; ICAO: KACY) is a secondary hub.  Spirit Airlines now flies to 40 destinations, primarily in the eastern United States and the Caribbean.  The Air Line Pilots Association is a union founded in 1931, and representing pilots in the Unted States and Canada.  It has membership in the AFL-CIO, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations, and the Canadian Labour Congress.

original stories

Spirit Airlines: We'll keep flying if pilots strike (USA Today)

Spirit Airlines Pilots Strike After Failure of Contract Talks (www.bloomberg.com)

Monday
May102010

JetBlue is running a $10 sale until 11:59 EDT tonight

Air travelers must act fast to properly celebrate the tenth anniversary of JetBlue.  The New York-based low-cost airline is selling one-way fares for ten dollars, on all of its remaining flights originating in the United States on either May 11 or May 12.  But these tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04) tonight.  The only JetBlue flights not part of this sale are those originating at Bogotá International Airport in Colombia (IATA: BOG; ICAO: SKBO).  Travelers who take advantage of this sale are also entitled to one free checked bag, presumably per flight, although the sale page on the website is not clear on that.  The free checked bag must comply with size and weight rules.

Moreover, travel must be booked online at www.jetblue.com/deals/ten-years. This offer is only good for “newly-booked travel,” meaning that travelers who have already bought a ticket to fly on JetBlue during one or both of those two dates are not able to get the difference between what they paid and the sale fare.  This price does not include additional fees such as passenger facility charges, September 11th security fees, and federal segment tax, which can add 20 to 30 dollars to the price each way.

Other terms and conditions than those mentioned here, apply.

original story (JetBlue Airways)

Wednesday
May052010

It is advantageous to book air travel as early as possible

Data from www.yapta.com show that booking air travel as early as possible makes an air traveler more likely to be eligible for a partial refund if the price for their ticket drops between when they purchased it and the date of their flight.  The data show that someone booking airfare a month in advance of intended travel is more likely to get a refund of the difference if the price of his or her flight drops, than someone booking airfare only a week in advance.  Someone booking airfare two months in advance is even more likely to get a refund of the difference if the price drops between the date of purchase and the intended date of travel.  However, there was no indication that booking any further out than two months made someone even more likely to receive a refund after a price drop on his flight.

JetBlue and Alaska Airlines were discovered to be the two American-based carriers most likely to issue the difference to a traveler who purchased his ticket early, only to see the price drop.  Airlines differed greatly in the average value of the travel credits refunded to passengers who book early, only to have the price of their flight drop.  The values of the travel vouchers issued since April 2009 vary from under $100 for domestic flights with some airlines, to several hundred dollars for international flights with other airlines.  To build brand loyalty among air travelers however, airlines will almost never issue a check for the difference on the spot.  Instead, they will issue the difference in the form of a travel credit good for future travel on that airline.  So really, an air traveler is still paying what he or she paid for their original ticket.  And unless they fly relatively often, and demonstrate loyalty to the airline issuing the original ticket, the credit may go unused.

original story (www.airlinenewsresource.com)

summary of the data gathered by www.yapta.com

Wednesday
May052010

Delta is angry at DOT and FAA for rejecting its time slot proposal

The largest American-based carrier criticized a decision of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration yesterday, in a joint statement made with US Airways, and threatened legal action in connection therewith.  The decision rejected a proposal to the USDOT put forward by Delta and US Airways, involving slot transactions with four other North American carriers (JetBlue, AirTran, Spirit, and WestJet, the latter a low-cost Canadian carrier operating out of Calgary, Alberta).  The proposal would have affected the various airlines’ time slots at Kennedy International in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), and Reagan National in Washington, D.C. (IATA: DCA; ICAO: KDCA).

According to the Delta-US Airways joint response to the decision, approval of the proposal would have granted JetBlue additional access at strategically located DCA, and would have granted AirTran, Spirit, and WestJet additional access at JFK.  Delta also pointed out 7,000 jobs in the New York metropolitan area which it estimated would have been created if the proposal had been approved.

A slot in this context is a short period of time during which aircraft from a certain airline are permitted to take off from, or expected to arrive at, a certain airport.  All slots at large American airports are legally owned by the FAA, even though they are claimed as assets and valuated for accounting purposes by the airlines that use them.

The statement accused the USDOT and FAA of exceeding their statutory authority in rendering the decision.  The two airlines behind the statement said they would appeal the decision to the United States Court of Appeals (presumably for the Federal Circuit).

original story (US Airways)