Posts Tagged ‘Jetblue’

Today, JetBlue welcomed its new home at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport. The airline moved from the old Terminal 6 to the new $743 million Terminal ($663 of which is covered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey), Terminal 5.  The first flight into the terminal arrived at 5:05 am which was greeted by “balloons and cheering JetBlue staff members“. Yesterday night the airline sent an update on Twitter – “Flt 194 LAS-JFK taxis to its gate: Our last flight into JFK’s T6. ”
(Translated, that was Flight 194, from Las Vegas to J.F.K., arriving at
Terminal 6.)

Highlights of the new terminal –

  • 26 Gates (can handle 500 daily flights)
  • 20-Lane security checkpoint
  • Free Wireless Internet Access
  • Children’s Play Area
  • 1,500 space Parking Garage

For Architectural Details please read the Bloomberg Article. Some excerpts –

JetBlue Airways has invented a loyalty-inspiring bargain brand with smart customer service and meaningful design touches — like bigger seats — that actually improve today’s degraded flying experience. A few of those touches still can be found within Terminal 5, but that savvy goes missing in the architecture of the building itself by New York-based Gensler, one of the largest architecture firms in the U.S.


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JetBlue Airline is going to start charging $7 for blanket and pillow on flights longer than 2 hours.

Pros –

  • As JetBlue marketing teams says, “The World’s Cleanest” travel pillow and blanket kit, made from “a
    fabric that blocks all micro-toxins … such as dust mites, mold
    spores, pollen and pet dander.
  • You can take the kit home and use it again and again.

Cons –

  • $7

From AFP –

“”Replacing our old, recycled pillows and blankets with this
state-of-the-art, high-quality take home kit is an eco-conscious,
health-conscious and customer-conscious decision,” said JetBlue Airways
General Manager of Product Development Brett Muney.”

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Today (April 4th 2008), Jetblue Airways announced the customers can buy tickets via Paypal (Acquired by Ebay in October 2002 for $1.5 billion)

Advantages –

  • Customers do not have to share their financial information with the airlines.
  • Helpful for consumers who do not want to fill out forms of data.

Makes me wonder, shouldn’t an airline website should be secure enough not to make customers uneasy about sharing their information.

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David Neeleman, founder and Chairman of Jetblue Airways has announced that he will create a discount airline in Brazil. The new airline is supposed to follow the same model as Jetblue.

Facts (from here)-

  • Fleet – 118 seat Embraer aircrafts
  • Based in – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Start time – Early 2009
  • Current Travel Market in Brazil – 5% of the population travels by air.
  • Other Big Airlines in Brazil –
  • More on David Neeleman – He is a Brazilian Native and was ousted from the CEO position in May 2007 after the February 2007 debacle for Jetblue.

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