JetBlue Airlines Information
JetBlue Airlines Overview
Founded initially as NewAir in 1998, the airline decided to change names to something catchier after it was awarded an unprecedented 75 slots at New York (JFK). In 1999, JetBlue was born. The following year JetBlue flew its inaugural commercial flight from JFK to Fort Lauderdale, two cities that remain major East Coast focus airports for the airline. Read More
From the outset, JetBlue’s low-cost model was based on that of Southwest; however, the airline wished to set itself apart from competitors by offering amenities like satellite radio and video monitors for every seat. JetBlue has sustained both financial and commercial success since its launch and has expanded its service to over 100 cities in the United States and abroad. In 2016, JetBlue put forth an offer to acquire Virgin America, that bid was unsuccessful as Alaska Airlines eventually won the merger with the airline.
Headquartered in Long Island City, Queens, JetBlue claims itself as New York’s Hometown Airline and uses nearby New York (JFK) as its primary operating airport. Along with its base at JFK, JetBlue is the leading carrier in Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Long Beach (LGB), Orlando (MCO), and San Juan (SJU), in which it considers focus cities. With an average of 1000 daily flights, JetBlue serves over 40 million passengers annually to 102 cities across the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America.
TrueBlue is the loyalty program of JetBlue and award flights are offered through dynamic pricing, meaning as the price of the flight changes so does the point value needed to redeem it. Similar to Delta, TrueBlue points do not expire. JetBlue does not belong to any airline alliance. Therefore, TrueBlue points may only be used on JetBlue operated flights, except for redemptions on partner airline Hawaiian. In addition to Hawaiian, JetBlue has several other airline partners in which you can earn TrueBlue points or access code-shared flights including Emirates, Icelandair, and Singapore Airlines.
JetBlue operates a fleet of over 240 aircraft, most of which are Airbus A320 and A321s. JetBlue was also the launch customer for the Embraer E190. Based on an average fleet-wide pitch, JetBlue offers the most legroom in Economy among all U.S. airlines.
IATA Code: B6
ICAO Code: JBU
Frequent Flyer Program: TrueBlue
Headquarters: Long Island City
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