JetBlue Vacations and Utrip Launch Artificial Intelligence-Based Trip Planning PortalReleased : 06/13/2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JetBlue Vacations (NASDAQ:JBLU) and Utrip today announced a partnership that helps travelers create a personalized, hour-by-hour vacation itinerary – including JetBlue flights, hotels and other amenities – online in just a few minutes. The trip planning portal, available through JetBlue Vacations, uses artificial intelligence and locally curated recommendations to save customers the legwork that planning a vacation requires.
The new feature is a step forward for JetBlue Vacations (formerly JetBlue Getaways) and its evolution to offer more personalized trip experiences. JetBlue Vacations is combining technology with JetBlue*s award-winning customer service to create a one-stop vacation shop and seamless travel journey.
**When you hear artificial intelligence, it*s easy to envision a far-off future seen in the movies,** said Umang Gupta, president, JetBlue Vacations. **But AI is ready to change how we now plan travel. Our partnership with Utrip demonstrates that we can transform the vacation experience using both technology and a human touch.**
Integrating Utrip into the JetBlue Vacations online experience makes it effortless for travelers to discover destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean based on what matters most to them. Through the partnership, travelers using the Utrip feature can book a JetBlue Vacations package and create an itinerary with a curated list of local recommendations.
**At Utrip, we are always striving to make travel an unforgettable experience,** said Gilad Berenstein, CEO and Founder of Utrip. **By collaborating with JetBlue Vacations, we*re excited to further our commitment to help our partners enhance their relationships with travelers, empowering them to discover new destinations and create lasting memories.**
Utrip*s vast database of more than 150 destinations has been curated by local area experts.
Next they rank their travel preferences in sixteen categories, such as history, food, nightlife and budget. Utrip*s artificial intelligence algorithm, created by machine learning scientists, sorts through millions of potential combinations of sites, activities and restaurants – offering a suggested daily itinerary with recommended times and maps.
JetBlue Vacations Evolves the Packaged Vacation Model
Enhancing its service to include a more vibrant and dynamic online portal, JetBlue Vacations offers seamless booking, JetBlue*s award-winning customer service and competitive prices combined with tailored recommendations and experiences.
JetBlue Vacations is collaborating with JetBlue Technology Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of JetBlue, to identify innovative companies in artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, targeted customer support and other leading edge technologies. JetBlue Technology Ventures helped identify Utrip as a partner for JetBlue Vacations. As the first corporate venture capital subsidiary in Silicon Valley backed by a U.S. airline, JetBlue Technology Ventures invests in, incubates and partners with early stage startups at the intersection of technology, travel and hospitality.
JetBlue Vacations offers vacation packages to nearly 100 destinations throughout the U.S., Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean and provides customers with added convenience and lower costs by bundling flights and hotels with car rentals and other amenities and personalized experiences. Members of JetBlue*s TrueBlue loyalty program receive six points per eligible dollar when booking a JetBlue Vacations package and can pay using a combination of cash plus TrueBlue points. JetBlue Vacations also maintains an exclusive 24-hour support desk dedicated to assisting traveler*s questions before, during and after their trip.
Special Livery Aircraft and New Tailfin Design As Airline Celebrates 17 YearsFeb 20, 2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced eye-catching additions to the airline*s fleet with the very first special livery for an Embraer 190 and a new tailfin design that will appear on multiple aircraft this year. The airline is introducing the new paint schemes as it celebrates its 17th anniversary this month.
**Our design team has done an outstanding job of visually telling a JetBlue story through their fresh and creative lens,** said Jamie Perry, vice president marketing, JetBlue. **Whether looking to the skyline of our hometown for inspiration or creating a storyline to bring a paint scheme to life, the team keeps surprising our crewmembers and our customers with their innovative work.**
*Blueprint* Is Born
JetBlue has a long tradition of adding unique, special liveries to its Airbus A320 fleet and that tradition is expanding to the airline*s E190 fleet.
Often referred to as the backbone of the operation in cities like Boston; Washington, D.C.; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, JetBlue*s design team created a paint scheme that showcased the so-called **bones** of the 100-seat aircraft. Drawing upon the styles of various aviation, nautical and space exploration vehicle cut-away diagrams, the JetBlue design team created a mechanical x-ray of sorts infused with some JetBlue fun.
The see-through paint job draws on both the technical and fanciful aspects of air travel. Mechanical features like the nose gear, jet engine and yoke were among the more obvious design elements to include. But for the onboard features, JetBlue designers drew upon their own travel experiences, crewmember tales, and the airline*s loyal customers for inspiration, even creating fictional characters to compile a list of the items they might be traveling with. Plane spotters are encouraged to give the overhead bins, under-seat storage areas, and the luggage holds a closer look to see if they can spot the nearly 50 items these **Blueprint** customers are traveling with.
Although **Blueprint** features just three signature JetBlue colors, it is one of the airline*s most intricate special livery designs and took nearly two weeks to paint at a facility in Quebec. The first-ever JetBlue E190 special livery debuted at Boston*s Logan International Airport and will operate on routes served by the E190 throughout the JetBlue network.
*Highrise* Reaches for the Skies
JetBlue has come a long way since launching its first two routes, now flying to 100 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. And even as the airline looks toward more growth in the years ahead there*s still no place like home. That*s why New York*s Hometown Airline is honoring the city that never sleeps with a tailfin take on the buildings that form the iconic skyline.
The design, which depicts the image of bright lights through window panes of city high-rises, is meant to reflect JetBlue*s growth and New York*s perpetual desire to reach for the sky. Four of JetBlue*s signature colors are reflected in **Highrise** and the illuminated windows can be rearranged creating a slightly different pattern on different aircraft tailfins.
The **Highrise** pattern debuted at New York*s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and will be added to additional aircraft this year across the JetBlue network, so customers can be on the lookout for the newest tailfin design in a city near them.
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.