JetBlue Nearing the Launch of Havana as Its 100th City10/20/2016
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU), the first U.S. airline to bring affordable and convenient air travel to Cuba after more than 50 years, today announced the long-anticipated addition of service to Havana*s José Martí International Airport (HAV) starting in late November (a). Havana, the airline*s fourth Cuban destination and 100th destination network-wide, will be served by daily roundtrip flights from three JetBlue focus cities on the airline*s newest Airbus A321 aircraft and its award-winning customer service:
• New York*s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): Daily roundtrips begin on November 28, 2016
• Orlando International Airport (MCO): Daily roundtrips begin on November 29, 2016
• Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): Once-daily roundtrips begin on November 30, 2016 and a second daily roundtrip (except Saturdays) begins December 1, 2016
Known for offering a customer-focused experience at a competitive price, JetBlue continues to make Cuba more affordable for those who meet government travel requirements. Introductory fares from Florida start at $54 one-way (b) and introductory fares from New York start at $99 one-way (b), including Cuban government-required health insurance coverage.
**Our historic first flight kicked off a new era in travel to Cuba, and once again JetBlue will make history with flights that finally make flying to the Cuban capital simple, affordable and enjoyable,** said Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer, JetBlue. **It*s remarkable that a startup airline less than 17 years old will mark Havana as its 100th destination.**
With service to Havana, JetBlue – which launched its first flight in February 2000 – will serve 100 destinations across 22 countries in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
JetBlue Celebrates the Culture of Cuba by Supporting the American Museum of Natural History*s Upcoming Exhibition: ¡Cuba!
To mark the inaugural flights, JetBlue will celebrate Cuba*s distinctive cultural heritage in its home at JFK*s Terminal 5 (T5) and in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History.
A special Live From T5 concert will kick off inaugural day on November 28 with performances from an award-winning Cuban music group and a New York-based Cuban dance group. Additionally, travelers passing through T5 will be able to take in a live mural creation by a Cuba-based artist. Other inaugural festivities will include traditional Cuban food and remarks to commemorate JetBlue*s first commercial flight to Havana.
JetBlue will also proudly highlight its support of ¡Cuba!, an exhibition by New York*s American Museum of Natural History. The exhibition opens to the public at the museum*s Manhattan location on November 21. ¡Cuba! will showcase the country*s biodiversity, culture and life and will invite visitors to discover Cuban nature and Cuban culture through music, dance performances, and a variety of interactive experiences.
**We are delighted to launch this wonderful partnership with JetBlue as corporate sponsor of our upcoming exhibition ¡Cuba!** said Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History. **Our exhibition grows out of an unprecedented scientific and educational partnership with the National Natural History Museum in Havana, and we are so pleased to have JetBlue*s support of the Museum as we continue our work both globally and locally to advance scientific research, education, and cross-cultural understanding.**
As a leader in science and conservation, the American Museum of Natural History has long-standing research and capacity development collaborations with Cuban scientists at a number of institutions. Museum scientists have participated in nearly 30 expeditions and field projects to Cuba over the last 120 years.
Removing the Cost & Complexity of Cuba Travel
True to its customer focus, JetBlue is taking a number of steps unique to its Cuba service to set it apart from competitors known for offering high prices and inferior service:
• Affordable fares: JetBlue is introducing a low starting fare to make Cuba more accessible to those visiting family members or traveling to Cuba for cultural, business or group travel.
• Health insurance included: JetBlue will include Cuban government-required health insurance coverage for all travelers on all Cuba-bound flights so that customers do not have to worry about obtaining the insurance separately.
• Affidavit in a few clicks: Under U.S. regulations, every customer traveling to Cuba must complete an affidavit affirming the customer is going for one of 12 reasons of approved travel from the U.S. Department of Treasury. JetBlue has built the completion of the affidavit right into the booking process so it can be finished in only a couple of clicks.
• Day-of-travel Cuban Tourist Visa (Tourist Card): Separate from the U.S. regulated 12 categories, visitors must also obtain an entrance visa into Cuba. For customers who qualify for a Cuban Tourist Visa (Tourist Card), JetBlue will make those visas available for purchase upon check-in at one of its gateway airports or at the gate for connecting customers on the day of travel. All travelers to Cuba must make their own determination with respect to the appropriate type of visa required by Cuba for their purpose of travel.
All customers traveling to Cuba must be authorized to do so under the U.S. government*s Cuban Assets Control Regulations and they must certify that they qualify for one of the twelve approved travel categories outlined by the U.S. Department of Treasury. All travelers to Cuba must make their own determination with respect to the appropriate type of visa required by Cuba for their purpose of travel.
Flights between the U.S. and Havana will be operated on JetBlue*s Airbus A321 aircraft which offers the airline*s award-winning service, featuring the most legroom in coach (c); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (d); complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100 channels of SiriusXM® radio in every seatback.
JetBlue Grows Presence in Both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood And The Caribbean With New Aruba FlightsNEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced it is launching service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Aruba*s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA). Daily flights between South Florida and the popular Caribbean destination take off January 4, 2017. Seats are on sale today with fares starting at$99 one-way (a).
**We are thrilled to announce more Fort Lauderdale growth and new non-stop service to Aruba,** said Dave Clark, vice president network planning at JetBlue. **With miles of picturesque beaches, a variety of outdoor and beach activity options and fantastic resorts Aruba continues to be a destination JetBlue customers can*t get enough of. With new flights from Fort Lauderdale we are making it easier than ever to get to Aruba no matter where our customers are flying from.**
JetBlue currently serves Aruba from its New York-JFK and Boston focus cities with daily flights. It also offers weekly Mint flights seasonally from both airports, which feature the airline*s successful premium service with lie-flat seating and tapas style dining. Mint from New York launches September 10, 2016 and from Boston on November 5, 2016. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood service will provide a third nonstop Aruba gateway and allow for convenient connections from across the growing JetBlue network
**Of Aruba*s total 1.22 million stay-over visitors in 2015, we welcomed a 7.7 percent increase in U.S. travelers,** said Otmar Oduber, Minister of Tourism, Transportation, Primary Sector and Culture. **As Aruba grows annually, JetBlue remains a valuable partner in accommodating the increased demand for travel to our One happy island — where year-round sunshine, award winning beaches and diverse culture are only the beginning of the Aruba adventure.**
**Aruba*s expanded partnership with JetBlue will continue to raise our island*s tourism to new heights,** said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. **This new daily service allows Aruba to cater to our key Ft. Lauderdale market — while also serving as a crucial feeder market for U.S. westerners who have shown an increased propensity to visit Aruba in recent years.**
This is the latest in a series of announcements from JetBlue regarding new service at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood where the airline is the largest carrier and where it intends to grow to up to 140 daily flights in the coming years. Already this year, JetBlue has added or announced new nonstop destinations including Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, San Diego, Barbados, and Quito, Ecuador. Later this week, JetBlue will launch service to Santa Clara, Cuba, the first of four Cuban cities the airline tentatively plans to serve from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, subject to receipt of government operating authority.
JetBlue Continues to Build Coast-to-Coast Network with New Choices Connecting California and FloridaReleased : 09/26/2016
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced it is continuing to boost its transcontinental flight network with a new route and more Mint flights. First, the airline will add new nonstop flights between Orlando and Los Angeles. Additionally, seats on previously announced Mint flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and San Francisco are now on sale.
**This is a big win for our Florida and California customers who are eager to have more choices when traveling cross country,** said Dave Clark, vice president network planning, JetBlue. **The Sunshine State and the Golden State have been so important to JetBlue*s growth and success, which is why we are so pleased to continue to deliver on our plan to expand on both coasts.**
Orlando and Los Angeles
JetBlue will launch new nonstop service between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starting on January 5, 2017. Roundtrip flights will operate daily and are on sale today with fares starting at $65 one way (a).
The new route will further grow JetBlue*s presence in its Orlando focus city where it is already a top carrier with flights to more than two dozen nonstop destinations. The route also grows the list of destinations JetBlue serves at Los Angeles-LAX. JetBlue will operate up to 17 daily flights at LAX and will now serve each of the airline*s northeast and Florida focus cities with nonstop service from southern California.
JetBlue will operate service between Orlando and Los Angeles using its Airbus A320 aircraft offering the airline*s award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (b); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio at every seat.
Mint in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and San Francisco
JetBlue will launch Mint service, JetBlue*s refreshing take on premium travel, on all flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and San Francisco International Airports (SFO) starting May 15, 2017. Roundtrip flights will operate twice daily and are on sale today with fares starting at $399 one way (c).
Mint service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and San Francisco will complete JetBlue*s plans to bring its popular premium service to the south Florida focus city and further grow Mint in the Bay Area. As previously announced, Mint flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Los Angeles-LAX will begin March 20, 2017.
Mint aircraft include the longest fully-flat bed seating in the U.S. domestic premium market (d), fully enclosed private suites and a 15-inch flat screen with complimentary entertainment options. Favorite Mint features include a signature cocktail, a tapas-style menu by New York Cityrestaurant Saxon + Parole, fresh espresso from the first purpose-built cappuccino machine for aU.S. airline, amenity kits by Birchbox, and dessert from Blue Marble and Mah-ze-Dahr Bakery.
Since launching in 2014, Mint has become a favorite way for celebrities, technology executives, creatives, and entrepreneurs to travel across the country. Mint was recognized by Fast Company*s Innovation By Design Awards, which honors innovative and disruptive design that pushes boundaries and seeks to change the world.
All customers will benefit from JetBlue*s new Airbus A321 with Mint aircraft, which features the airline*s new core experience.
Features of the A321 core interior include 10-inch television screens offering free entertainment, comfortable seats with the most legroom in coach (b) and power outlets accessible to all customers. JetBlue*s popular marketplace, a self-serve station full of free snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience, is also available throughout the flight. And all A321 aircraft offer JetBlue*s free Fly-Fi high-speed broadband Internet service when flying over the continental U.S., access to JetBlue*s Hub content on personal devices and first-run Hollywood movies.