JetBlue orders 30 additional A321 aircraft

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Courtesy: Airbus.

New York-based JetBlue Airways has amended its purchase agreement with Airbus to include an additional 15 Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) and 15 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft.  The airline, which already operates A321s, has not yet announced its engine selection for the newly ordered aircraft.  Beginning in 2019, JetBlue has the flexibility to configure the New Engine Option aircraft to the Longer Range version of the A321 – the A321LR.

“Airbus has been our partner since the beginning, and we are proud that our partnership continues today,” said Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue. “The A321 is an incredible aircraft that is delivering results for our business. We intend to deploy many of these aircraft to expand our successful Mint experience and our west coast presence.”

Many of JetBlue’s newly ordered A321 aircraft are expected to be delivered from Airbus’ newest manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.  The first aircraft to be produced at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility – a JetBlue A321 known as “BluesMobile” – is on public display today at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  BluesMobile was delivered to the airline and entered service this spring.

“When we decided to build an assembly line in the U.S., we did it to help meet the increasing demand from our U.S. customers,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The A320 Family is a market leader worldwide – one that has found particularly great success in the United States because of its economics, efficiency and comfort. We look forward to delivering more and more aircraft from our U.S. facility to our customers here in America.”

JetBlue currently operates a fleet of 160 A320 Family aircraft, including 130 A320s and 30 A321s. Including the order announced today, the airline’s backlog of Airbus aircraft comprises 116 planes: 25 A320neo, 31 A321ceo, and 60 A321neo aircraft.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes, the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

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Airbus delivers its first aircraft produced in the USA

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The first ever delivery of an aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility took place today, April 25th, in Mobile, Alabama. The entire team of employees from the American assembly line gathered to present their very first completed product, an Airbus A321, to JetBlue. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus, JetBlue senior management, including President and CEO Robin Hayes, and a broad collection of dignitaries from the Gulf Coast region.

“I am immensely proud to be here to participate in this first delivery from Mobile,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “Going from breaking ground on this facility three years ago to handing over the first Alabama-produced A321 today is an amazing accomplishment. It’s a testament to how well executed this project was and how strong the teamwork has been here in Mobile and throughout Airbus. The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility has brought together all the best aspects of our other assembly lines around the world, and it shows how Airbus people work hand in hand with our partners to deliver great aircraft to our customers.”

Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million (U.S.) facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant came in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today, a JetBlue A321, successfully had its first flight on March 21st, 2016.

In addition to the JetBlue A321 delivered today, there are currently nine other A320 Family aircraft in production at the facility. Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

In addition to hundreds of new Airbus jobs the project has brought to the local community, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local economy. Airbus is proud to boast that 87 percent of its new employees are from the Gulf Coast region, with nearly one third being U.S. military veterans.

Demonstrating the adage “The Sun Never Sets on Airbus” – Airbus aircraft are now produced around the clock, 24 hours a day, at facilities in: Mobile, Alabama; Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China.

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First Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S. takes flight

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The first Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S. Manufacturing Facility has flown for the first time. The A321, destined for JetBlue took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, at 9:36 a.m., performed its test sequences, and landed safely at 1:02 p.m.

The aircraft was flown by Test Pilots Mark McCullins and Bruce Macdonald. They were accompanied on the flight by Flight Test Engineers Thierry Cros and Nick Picconi, and Ground Test Engineers/Cabin Specialists Alexander Gentzsch and Mike Johns.

The flight lasted 3 hours and 26 minutes during which tests were performed on systems, engines and structure performance.

More than 300 employees who work at the facility cheered as the plane took-off. “We’ve come to an exciting milestone in the production of any aircraft, but this one is particularly special,” said Daryl Taylor, Vice President and General Manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. “The Mobile team has worked hard, and I’m proud that their skill and talent have brought us to this moment. Together we are fulfilling the promise we made to the city of Mobile, the state of Alabama, and the Gulf Coast region—we’re creating a new center of commercial aircraft production in the U.S. This is just the first of many aircraft to come.”

Following the maiden flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks in final production before being delivered to JetBlue.

The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family offering passengers state-of-the-art cabin design, wider seats and superior comfort whilst airlines benefit from the unique operational flexibility of Airbus’ single-aisle aircraft. With a range of up to 7,400km / 4,000nm, the A321 is able to fly longer routes as for example Europe to U.S. The A320 Family is the world’s best- selling single aisle product line with over 12,400 orders and close to 6,700 aircraft delivered to some 300 customers worldwide.

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First Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S. scheduled to fly next week

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The first Airbus aircraft produced by the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, is scheduled to fly for the first time next week as part of its production testing program. Barring any weather or other pre-flight test factors, the A321 destined for Jetblue will take-off for the first time on March 21 at 9:15 a.m. CDT.

A test flight is a normal step in aircraft production and takes place prior to the delivery of the aircraft to the customer. Following the flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks of final delivery preparations.

Airbus cautions that with any test flight, weather or other external factors could affect the decision to fly, right up to take-off.

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JetBlue for Apple Watch lands in the App Store

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Courtesy: JetBlue.

JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline, today announced its app update with Apple Watch capabilities is now available for download. JetBlue for Apple Watch uses the latest in technology to make the travel experience more streamlined than ever during a customer’s journey. The Apple Watch app also builds on the existing ability to use Apple Pay™ on board flights with JetBlue, which is the only domestic carrier to offer Apple Pay.

“We’ve always looked at innovative ways to improve the customer experience, especially through new technologies,” said Blair Koch, vice president commercial and shared development services, JetBlue. “Apple Watch is a product that will allow us to enter into a whole new realm of digital possibilities for travelers.”

When integrated with iPhone’s Passbook, JetBlue for Apple Watch will eliminate the need to print paper boarding passes or continually retrieve a customer’s Apple device from a bag, pocket or purse. Features of the app include:

  • Glance Screen: allows quick updates without launching the app. Includes flight information, terminal and gate information and flight status.
  • Countdown Screen: Displays flight and flight status information, a 24-hour countdown to boarding and departure, arrival, seat and gate information.
  • Mobile Boarding Pass (MBP) Screen: Allows customers to have a MBP right on their wrist and with Passbook can be scanned at the TSA checkpoint and at the gate.
  • Additional functions: flight status notifications, arrival message and destination weather.

“With JetBlue for Apple Watch, we’ve created an app that’s all about convenience and efficiency,” said Michael Stromer, vice president digital loyalty & customer insights, JetBlue. “At a glance, customers will get the right information at the right time during their travel experience. At the same time we’ve improved the app experience for all users on any iOS device.”

The JetBlue Apple Watch app is the latest in a series of technology enhancements the airline is rolling out aimed at customer convenience. Earlier this year, JetBlue began distributing iPad minis to its inflight crewmembers, giving them electronic access to customer manifest, flight data and other features to provide the best experience possible to JetBlue customers. At the same time, JetBlue became the first domestic carrier to accept Apple Pay in the sky. Now, with the release of Apple Watch, customers can use the watch for Apple Pay transactions.

Additionally, updates to JetBlue’s app extend beyond Apple Watch. iOS users will notice various new features, including a new launch screen, an extended DirecTV schedule, and a new travel indicator for connecting to Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband Internet in the sky among all U.S. carriers.

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JetBlue to Launch Service to Cleveland

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JetBlue Airways will launch a twice daily service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on April 30, 2015. The airline will bring its winning concept of superior customer service offerings and low fares to Cleveland, which will be JetBlue’s 88th destination.

To celebrate Cleveland becoming the latest dot on JetBlue’s route map, the airline is offering an introductory fare of only $19.51, a reference to the year that rock ‘n’ roll put Cleveland on the world map. The fare is available for one way travel (a) between April 30 and June 18, 2015, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. All introductory fare tickets much be purchased by December 10.

“We can’t wait to bring our low fares to Clevelanders, starting with a route that is currently suffering from extremely high fares. Travelers in Northeast Ohio will soon get to experience our superior customer offering that includes the most legroom in coach, personal screens in every seat with live TV, unlimited snacks and sodas, and great service offered by JetBlue’s award-winning crewmembers. JetBlue looks forward to adding Cleveland to our route network and we see a bright future in this market,” said Dave Clark, vice president, network planning, JetBlue (b).

“We are very excited to add JetBlue’s service here at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. JetBlue is recognized for their truly outstanding service and attractive airfares to both business and leisure destinations. We welcome their new Cleveland to Boston nonstop flights and hope that this is just the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship,” said Ricky D. Smith, airport director, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

“Over the last few years, we have positioned the airport as a place to do business and make Cleveland Hopkins International Airport the airport of choice,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. “JetBlue’s announcement today shows the confidence it has in Cleveland, the people and the region.”

JetBlue’s Schedule between Boston and Cleveland as of April 30, 2015:

BOS – CLE CLE – BOS
6:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. 9:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
4.10 p.m. – 6.15 p.m. 6.55 p.m. – 8.45 p.m.

JetBlue plans to initially serve Cleveland with its 100-seat EMBRAER 190 aircraft featuring spacious two-by-two seating.

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JetBlue to Add Service Between San Francisco and Las Vegas

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JetBlue Airways today announces plans to launch new nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The award-winning airline will offer two daily roundtrips beginning January 5, 2015.

To celebrate this new route, flights are now on sale starting at $38 one way (a) for travel between January 10, 2015 and April 1, 2015 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (blackout dates January 17, 2015 to January 24, 2015). Tickets must be purchased by October 3, 2014.

JetBlue will serve the SFO-LAS market with spacious 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft featuring the most legroom in coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines), free seatback entertainment, and unlimited free snacks and soft drinks. In addition, customers now have access to fast, free Fly-Fi — the industry’s speediest in-flight internet service — on the majority of the airline’s A320 fleet.

“Our loyal San Francisco customers have long asked for a high-quality option to Las Vegas so we’re delighted to make this addition to our route map,” said Scott Laurence, the airline’s senior vice president of airline planning. “Plus, in just a few short weeks we’ll debut our popular new Mint service on flights between San Francisco and New York, yet another way we’re bringing a higher standard of service to the market.”

JetBlue’s schedule between Las Vegas and San Francisco, effective January 5:

From To Departs – Arrives
Las Vegas (LAS) San Francisco (SFO) 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Las Vegas (LAS) San Francisco (SFO) 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
San Francisco (SFO) Las Vegas (LAS) 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
San Francisco (SFO) Las Vegas (LAS) 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Today’s new route announcement comes as JetBlue is ramping up service in both the San Francisco and Las Vegas markets.

On October 26, JetBlue will debut its popular new Mint experience on flights between San Francisco and New York. Mint offers transcontinental customers the widest seat and longest fully-flat bed in the U.S. domestic market, with four private suites among the 16 seats. Coinciding with the rollout of Mint, JetBlue will expand its JFK-SFO schedule from three roundtrips per day to five roundtrips by early 2015. JetBlue also serves San Francisco with service to Boston, Long Beach, and New York/JFK.

On October 29, JetBlue will expand in Las Vegas, with daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a new link to South Florida that also provides easy connections to JetBlue destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America. JetBlue currently offers flights between Las Vegas and Boston, Long Beach, and New York/JFK.

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown AirlineTM and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 30 million customers a year to 86 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 850 daily flights. New service to Curacao begins in December. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, an overnight stay is never required and the first bag is included with your standard fare (subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines). For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

(a) Fare includes government taxes/fees and must be purchased by 10/3/14 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local) for flights between San Francisco, CA (SFO) and Las Vegas, NV (LAS) on Tues., Wed., and Sat. only between 1/10/15 and 4/1/15 (blackout dates 1/17/15-1/24/15). 14-day advance purchase required. Fare is subject to limited availability; may not be available on all days or all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and is one-way, nonstop, nonrefundable and nontransferable. Reservations made one week or more prior to a flight’s scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. First checked bag is free (weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines apply). Fare does not include fees for oversized/overweight/extra baggage or other fees for products/services sold separately. To view baggage fees and other optional services and fees, click here. $25 fee per person applies to fares purchased by phone or at an airport or ticket office. Cancellations/changes must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited); $150 change/cancel fee per person will apply, and for changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply.

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