Jet Blue

Joined the airline market in August of 1998 as NewAir. So, what is up with this airline company? Let’s find out.

What is

JetBlue thought the model of Southwest Airlines was good, and it came into the United States of America market as a low-cost airline. It does have headquarters in Utah, Florida, and the main one in the Queens borough of New York City.

If JetBlue followed Southwest, what set it apart… Well, if you look at the amenities, that is the difference.

  • In-flight entertainment
  • TV at every seat
  • Satellite Radio
  • Pick your seat before boarding.

Southwest has a fleet of Boeing 737s, which makes it a great thing for maintenance and pilots. JetBlue went the way of the Airbus A320 Family.

First flights

In September 1999, it had 75 initial take-off and landing slots at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. By the time it started flying from Buffalo and Fort Lauderdale. 


In the 200’s, they were one of the few airlines to make a profit after the 9-11 attacks. Those events pushed back the IPO to April of 2002.

2005, the profit had plunged from $8.1 million to merely $2.7 million, mostly due to fuel costs.

There was someone who didn’t like JetBlue very much; the Internal Association of Machinists tried to unionize JetBlue’s ramp service workers. However, the ramp workers didn’t get unionized.

They have experienced money issues, like any other company. They did some moving around, sold some A320s

In 2007, Lufthansa and JetBlue did a code share thing. However, it wasn’t a typical codeshare. Lufthansa brought up 19% of Jet Blue. Thus making it an option for connections from Lufthansa to JetBlue in

  • Boston
  • New York (JFK)
  • Orlando International Airport

When the codeshare was enacted in 2010, JetBlue moved to the Sabre reservation system. This helps in making connecting flights between the two airlines.

  • Sell tickets on each other’s planes.
  • Transfer Luggage and passengers between the two
  • Combine frequent flyer programs.

Some bullet points

  • Partnered with BalckBerry and Yahoo.
  • 2008
    • Partner with Aer Lingus
      • Only at JFK or Boston
    • Added Orlando, Florida
      • Gateway to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South American
    • Decided to charge people for blankets and pillows
    • Charging people for extended-leg room
    • Opened its new terminal at JFK, cost $800 million.
  • 2010, partnered with South African Airways and American Airlines
    • American Airlines partnered ship ended.
  • 2011
    • Entered into an interline agreement with Atlantic and Jet Airways
  • 2013
    • Started Mint, a premium cabin service on Transcontinental and select Caribbean flights.
  • 2015
    • They got a license to charter flights to Cuba.
  • 2016
    • Failed to acquire Virgin America
  • 2018
    • Returned to Ontario International Airport
    • Opened up Steamboat Springs in Colorado
    • Bozeman, Montana
  • 2019
    • Started to fly from Boston and New York  to London
    • Joined with Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • 2020
    • American Airlines joined the Northeast Alliance
      • To select airports
  • 2021
    • Mint Suite for the transatlantic flights
  • 2022
    • Tried to acquire Spirit Airlines
      • Ot it for $3.8 billion
    • Plans to fly to Paris in 2023 from New York
  • 2023
    • Plans to fly to Amsterdam



AircraftIn serviceOrders
Airbus A220-3001783
Airbus A320-2001300
Airbus A321-200630
Airbus A321LR75
Airbus A321 -NEO2039
Airbus A321X6R013
Embracer 190480

They use the above to fly to 104 places, most within the United States and the Caribbean. A smaller selection of some international flights

Code Share

Aer LingusLot Polish Airlines
Air SerbiaPorter Airlines
Azul BrazillianSeaborne
Cape AirSilver
El AlSouth African
JSXRoyal Air Maroc
Iceland Air 


  • Founded
    • August 1998 (NewAir
  • Commenced
    • February 11, 2000
  • Focus Cities
    • Boston
    • Fort Lauderdale
    • Los Angeles
    • New York — JFK
    • Orlando
    • San Juan
  • Frequent flyer
    • True Blue
  • Fleet Size
    • 285
  • Destinations
    • 104
  • Headquarters
    • Long Island City, Queens, New York
  • Founder
    • David Neeleman
  • Employees
    • 22,000 +

My Thoughts


I have flown on JetBlue a few times, and it is a pretty good airline. The in-flight entertainment was OK, but not the best. My wife’s TV wouldn’t work back from Ft. Lauderdale. Believe me, I heard about it for 5 hours.

The service has been good the times we have flown on JetBlue. They have evolved their product from a low-cost airline to flying internationally with suites. Now, I have only flown on them in the States. So I can’t say anything about the suites. Now that they have picked up Spirit Airlines, I wonder what is next for the Airline.


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