Greenguy01 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 234 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4578 times:
JetBlue Plans Boston Premiere of New Planes, More Legroom, Low Fares and 24 Channels of Free Inflight Satellite TV
Tuesday September 30, 7:45 am ET
-- Low-fare Carrier Will Serve Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, FL and Denver, CO from Logan International Airport Starting January 2004 --
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 30, 2003-- JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU - News) is about to introduce Boston travelers to a different kind of low-fare airline -- with new planes, up to 24 channels of DIRECTV programming free at every comfy leather seat, and more legroom than other airlines -- when the carrier inaugurates service from Boston's Logan International Airport to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, FL and Denver, CO, in the new year.
By January 16, JetBlue plans to offer from Logan International three daily flights to Orlando, two daily flights to Tampa, and one daily flight each to Fort Lauderdale and Denver. Specifically, the airline will launch daily service to Orlando, Tampa and Denver starting January 7, with service to Orlando and Tampa expanding to twice daily on January 8. Starting January 16, JetBlue will increase its service between Boston and Orlando to three times daily and add a new daily flight between Boston and Fort Lauderdale.
JetBlue is offering an introductory sale fare between Boston and all three Florida cities of $79 (a) each way and between Boston and Denver of $99 (a) each way, when booked at JetBlue's website, www.jetblue.com. Sale fares require a seven-day advance purchase and are valid for travel through February 10, 2004. For an additional $5 each way, these sale fares can also be booked by calling 1-800-JETBLUE. Seats are limited and customers are encouraged to book early.
The airline's regular fares between Boston and Florida will range from $94 (a) to $224 (a) each way and between Boston and Denver from $115 (a) to $244 (a) each way if booked via www.jetblue.com. For an additional $5 each way, these regular fares can also be booked by calling 1-800-JETBLUE.
"Low fare doesn't have to be no-frills anymore," said David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue Airways. "In the new year, JetBlue will liberate Bostonians from high fares and offer a unique travel experience with new planes with 34 inch seat pitch for most seats, free inflight satellite TV, and award-winning friendly service. We don't charge for snacks either - and you can have as many as you like."
"I welcome JetBlue to Boston and congratulate them on their decision to expand their first-rate service to Logan Airport," said Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts. "JetBlue's entry into Boston means more local jobs, more economic activity for our state and more low-fare flying choices for Bay Staters."
"It is a special pleasure for Massport to welcome JetBlue, an airline that has made innovation, outstanding customer service and high value for the customer dollar their core principles," said Massport CEO Craig Coy. "JetBlue is a perfect fit for Logan Airport and will provide local travelers with more choices, more low-fares and more reason to choose Logan for their travel plans."
JetBlue's flight schedules will be:
Boston (BOS) to Orlando (CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO) Orlando to Boston
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
6:45am 10:05am (eff. 1/8/04) 7:45am 10:40am (eff. 1/16/04)
2:25pm 5:45pm 10:45am 1:40pm (eff. 1/8/04)
7:40pm 11:00pm (eff. 1/16/04) 5:25pm 8:20pm
Boston (BOS) to Tampa (TPA) Tampa to Boston
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
7:00am 10:30am (eff. 1/8/04) 11:10am 2:10pm (eff. 1/8/04)
2:50pm 6:20pm 7:00pm 10:00pm
Boston (BOS) to Denver (DEN) Denver to Boston
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
9:40pm 12:15am 11:55pm 5:35am (next day)
Boston (BOS) to Ft Lauderdale (FLL) Ft Lauderdale to Boston
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
11:20am 3:00pm 3:40pm 7:00pm
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Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2120 posts, RR: 32 Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4550 times:
On an operational level, I have heard that jetBlue will use former one or two former NWA gates at Terminal E (Massport re-negociated the ownership of the gates with NWA). This surprises me as Terminal E isn't quite yet done with all of its renovations and Mr. Neeleman is quite picky about the resources available (or NOT available) from the airports (a la Southwest) ...
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3915 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4317 times:
I guess Neeleman decided to 'let bygones be bygones' in selecting BOS. Logan once gave JetBlue the cold shoulder but of course did an about-face after JetBlue's fortunes started going up while Logan's started going down. I think we (MHT) will see JetBlue up here at some point. Those RJs will have to be used somewhere.
Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4137 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4243 times:
Thanks for the correction, Steve. I guess I should have checked out Song's schedule before making a statement like that! I am sure about the lack of TVs on board though... maybe they make up for it with their great color scheme (sarcasm) and friendly service!
As for Chris, as I understand it, JetBlue's Embraer planes are NOT RJs. They are basically mainline jets and other members of the 170/190/195 family will be treated the same way by other airlines that use them. From what I have heard from JetBlue about the 190, it will have more room per seat than the current A320 fleet does! Still, I agree with you, MHT will probably make a better EMB 190 market than it does an A320 market due to the 50 or so less seats. MHT - Florida? Let's hope for 2005 or 2006.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4419 posts, RR: 35 Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4047 times:
Also, DEN-BOS is a redeye. It no doubt increases net a/c utilization.
This is the first time that JetBlue has specifically chosen to enter a Song destination, on Song-city pairs, *after* Song is already there. Neeleman must be very confident about JetBlue's ability to compete with the Key Lime Vomit Comet in new as well as existing markets.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3915 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3981 times:
The 'cold shoulder' stuff (of course) occured pre-9/11 when Logan and the Boston area in general were hitting on all cylinders. JetBlue courted Logan at a time when Logan's gates were full and JetBlue wasn't the Wall Street darling they are now. Massport's response to this courting: 'Worcester's the place you oughta be...Goodbye.' Of course, Worcester is also run by Massport, and Massport certainly felt as though they could dictate to the carriers: 'Now, you can fly to Logan, but this other flight has to go to Worcester.' Worcester has no airline service anymore, so you can see how successful THAT effort was. Somewhere along the line, Massport 'got religeon' and discovered that the New England airline world didn't revolve around them. Good thing. Now let's see how JetBlue and Song do head-to-head on the Florida routes. Barely a year ago only 737-200s flew these routes. Now it'll be 757s and A320s. Good luck to 'em both.
Airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7459 posts, RR: 11 Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3818 times:
ChrisNH, the story wasn't exactly like that. The real reason as mention by JetBlue CEO in an Q&A interview to the Boston Globe about 2 months ago, was the high fees in Boston, and lack of facilities. Like most other major airports, BOS charges high fees, higher than JetBlue was willing to pay. And in a time when air travel was really good, and BOS was overcrowded (and losing an entire terminal - A), there was no reason to drop fees. Now things are different. There is room for traffic increase, and I suspect Massport is willing to negotiate those fees. It's strictly the basic principle of supply and demand at work.
In the same interview, he also said that he sees JetBlue serve both MHT and BOS very soon, and that one had nothing to do with the other. So, maybe they're just waiting for those new gates at MHT