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JetBlue Airways

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JetBlue Airways Template:NASDAQ is an American low-cost airline. CEO David Neeleman founded the company in February of 2000. The company is headquartered in the Forest Hills neighborhood of New York City, New York, and runs a majority of its flights to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport. It recently began a smaller hub operation at Long Beach Airport near Los Angeles, California, and another at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004.

The airline flies to destinations in the United States and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and established service to the Dominican Republic on June 10, 2004. It began service to the Bahamas in December 2004.

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Code Data

  • IATA code: B6
  • ICAO code: JBU
  • Callsign: JetBlue

History

Several of JetBlue's executives, including Neeleman, are former Southwest Airlines employees. JetBlue follows Southwest's approach of offering low-cost travel, but seeks to distinguish itself with its amentities, like its in-flight entertainment and all-leather seating. In Neeleman's words, JetBlue looks "to bring humanity back to air travel." The airline sector closely watches JetBlue's success: Delta Air Lines started a rival carrier called Song, United Airlines started another rival called Ted, and major airlines like American Airlines are seeking to launch their own low-cost carriers in the future. Industry pundits, however, commented that Southwest and JetBlue's competitive advantage comes from the low costs and high outputs that the latter two generate.

In 2002, JetBlue acquired 100% of the ownership interests in LiveTV, LLC for $41 million in cash and the retirement of $39 million of LiveTV debt. LiveTV equips JetBlue with 24 channels of live DirecTV television programming at every seat.

In 2004, JetBlue announced it will add 100 channels ofXM Satellite Radio, Fox TV programs and 20th Century Fox movies, to its in-flight entertainment.

JetBlue is one of only a few U.S. airlines that made a profit following the sharp downturn in airline travel following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since its IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 2002, JetBlue became one of the most popular airline stocks in history and currently has a multi-billion dollar market capitalization.

Fleet

JetBlue's fleet currently consists entirely of Airbus A320 aircraft having placed firm orders for 173 [1] (http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre/), all of which will use International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 engines [2] (http://www.iaenews.com/index.php?dtype=detail&ID=142). It will begin delivery of 100 Embraer 190 in Q3 2005, with an option for an additional 100 aircraft. [3] (http://www.embraer.com/english/content/imprensa/press_release.asp?press_release_id=585)

Its Airbus A320 aircraft have a single-class configuration of 156 seats, while the Embraer 190 will have a single-class configuration of 100 seats. [4] (http://www.jetblue.com/learnmore/factsheet.html)


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