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User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

Has anyone flown Jet Blue? What are the prospects for this carrier? You
don't hear that much about them. Any thoughts?

If you have flown them, what are the cabin interiors like?



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User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

I hear that they're doing quite well. They're adding new routes everytime they get a new aircraft. They're going to be adding Orlando, FL and Rochester, NY shortly.

They're running at or above 70% load factor. Latest news says that Neeleman expects a loss of about $5 million this year. Compare that to $250 million in reserves and you'll see that it's hardly a drop in the bucket, well within what can take.

I hope I've been of assistance here!

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

I jumped on jetBlue. I thought it was teriffic. The cabin interiors are one class. Leather seats throughout. Seat pitch was adequate, but any less would have been too little. No gallies which I thought was strange. The flight attendants were very informal. The cabin announcments contained all information to make them FAA legal but were improved. No standard announcments. Which was a nice change.

The airline is sparing NO expense to do things right. Laptops are issued to all pilots as there personal laptops, but contain all the manuals, and can be updated over the internet. The aircardft performance is also calculated on the laptops.

In my opinion the airline is serving great markets. I can't see how they can go wrong. The best thing about the airline is there fares. Dirt cheap. The only problems they might have in the future is that they might need to add aircraft on their Orlando, and ft. Lauderdale routes. Seat availability is already sparse on these planes


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

I believe that they may be keeping demand high for those routes by providing low availabilty.

I don't know, just an observation. Perhaps, they're just waiting for more planes.

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4341 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

No galleys? That probably means no service eather? Do you get beverages... snacks ... (I don't even dare to ask 'meals') on their service?


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4341 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

No galleys? That probably means no service eather? Do you get beverages... snacks ... (I don't even dare to ask 'meals') on their service?


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Nope... there are no meals on any jetBlue flights. The reasoning is that so many people make fun of airline meals, why not get rid of them? This is another way they can save money.

Before you board a jetBlue flight, stop by the McDonald's.

- Neil Harrison


User currently offlineOozabooza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

How far west do they fly? Will we see them here in Seattle?

User currently offlinePlanefreak From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

MEA-707,

Jetblue serves blueberry muffins, blue nacho chips and blue M&M's on board!

planefreak


User currently offlineNYC-AIR From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1323 times:

It is one thing to serve a snack on short segments but I have to wonder what Jetblue will serve if and when they start flying those A320s across the country. It is going to be hard to satisfy the passengers without a galley on a 6 hour flight. Hopefull they will be able to serve some sort of a creative cold dish.

-NYC-AIR


User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

When you pack 162 seats into an A320, what can you expect? There's little room for anything else, much less, a galley. I should think they decided not to go with a galley, to spare a reasonable amount of seat pitch. That's my assumption. This is probably the near maximum high density seating configuration for this aircraft, and by eliminating the galleys, this gives the cabin a more open, spacious look, despite sacrificing, perhaps, a little more leg room? With fares as dirt cheap as JetBlue's, I would think you'd have to pack 'em in to at least obtain a reasonable return, on the ASM's. I wonder how much it costs JetBlue to carry one passenger, per seat mile? Do you think it's under 7 cents?

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

I never saw any galleys on board when I flew. There was a place to store beverages, and snacks but there was no galley in the conventional sense. I didn't even see snack carts. Just small trays the the attendants carried to serve drinks. The snacks were served from a basket.

I didn't see provisions for preparing or serving of hot meals.

You validated the fact you had no galleys in your previous post. I'm confused.


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

Look at the WN model; predictably reasonable fares, good service and a reliable well-maintained fleet (they're all new, but I bet timely maintenance is in the cards).

JetBlue has enough start-up capital that it is unlikely any other airline can justify losing money for the length of time it would take to bleed 'em dry.

They should do quite well... even if they didn't buy real airplanes.

(had to throw that last one in to stir up gratuitous trouble... just kidding)

Fly Legend! Now *THAT's* luxury flying (and Legend's satellite TV was the first to go live, methinks).



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineN503JB From Hong Kong, joined May 2000, 303 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

I flown from Buffalo to JFK las week. Those ground staffs were very nicely to every passenger. Those cabin crews were very nice to me while I requested visit to the cockpit. After toke off, they do have beverages & snacks for us. I never had this service while on board "ANY American airlines". Now, I only knew jetBlue is the best airlines in the United States!!!

From Hong Kong
N503JB jetBlue Airways



HKIA Ramp Spotters
User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1239 times:

I knew JetBlue's ops started first and that the 320's were equipped thusly from the start; I had read somewhere, at the time (Feb.-Mar.?) that JetBlue's satTV units were not yet approved and operational at start-up. Sorry if I was wrong on that one.

When I used them on Legend, I expected all kinds of signal drops during maneuvering (acquiring and keeping a good sat signal can be tough when you're sitting still!), but the engineers have obviously done their work quite well; the system seems very reliable and I suspect that before long, such a service may migrate from being a perk, to being an expected one.

As I sit here at my desk, I look out my office window toward DAL, and am watching the jets climb out from Love Field; AA F100's, WN 737s of all type, Legend DC-9's and CoEx ERJ's. I love this location!



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1218 times:

Jello, I must apologize to you for coming across a bit harsh. It was certainly not intentional. I was basically comparing JetBlue's cabin configuration to MetroJet. The galleys were removed on those 737-200's to provide more seat pitch, which is 33", by the way.US Airways mainline A320's carry F16/Y126. Shuttle configuration, all Y154. So, when I'd heard that JetBlue's set up was Y162, I thought that must be kinda tight. What's your seat pitch, and does the last row recline?I wish JetBlue all the best. They seem to have what it takes to succeed!

User currently offlineN-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

Jello wrote:
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the carts are there too, we just dont use them. we use the basket so we dont clog up the isles. i never like being stuck behind a food cart, trying to get back to my seat after taking a pee  

This is one of the things that makes jetBlue attractive to me, and makes me hope they fly to JAX soon! I have a nasty habit of needing to pee right when the cart starts going, and somehow I always wind up stuck behind it. Think having to stand up for a while *after* you pee is bad???  


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