ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 856 times:
For a New York based airline, they don't advertise heavily in the NY area,
unlike Continental, who's ubiquitous ads are kind of annoying since they
are on top of every taxi and on every phone booth and bus around.
I think JetBlue's strategy is to offer 40 destinations within five years or
less. They ordered additional A320's so I would not be surprised if the
Midwest is their next focus area. They are supposed to be launching a
number of frequencies to upstate NY, which has very high fares at the
moment. Buffalo is already served, Rochester is next, then Syracuse,
and so forth.
Pan Am #2, reincarnated in 1995 by Kirk Kerkorian I believe, did fly
from JFK to LAX once daily using A300's, but pulled the routes fast.
There is so much competition from JFK, with Delta, United, American,
and TWA servicing the market. Who knows if JetBlue can pull it off?
TWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 835 times:
I'm "JetBlueing" tomorow so I'll fill you guys in on how it goes. As for Pan Am 2, it was founded and funded by Martin Shurgue (Spelled something like that). Martin was a former CFO of the original Pan Am and based the airline at FLL. It served JFK, MIA, LAX, and possibly SFO in a giant circle pattern. I don't believe Kerkorian was involved. Cruise shipt titan Mickey Arrison (of Carnival/Holland America fame) was however after selling Carnival Airlines to Pan Am 2, and its subsequent bankruptcy.
As for JetBlue to California, I believe it will work, although NYC-LA is super competitive. AA, UA, CO, DL, and TWA all have mutiple frequencies. I'd like to see JetBlue pull it off, perhaps it will. They seem to know their markets well and their loads have been impressive so far.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 828 times:
You're right, it was Mr. Shugrue, not Kerkorian. Don't know where that
came from......He might have been involved with Eastern at one point.
Let us know your thoughts on JetBlue with a trip report. I am consider-
ing taking JetBlue to Oakland as opposed to Continental from EWR,
TWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 783 times:
Thanks Jello, I'd like to go to TPA, I met a beautiful girl last summer who lives in Ybor City, I think. Nice part of town? I've never been there. Anyway, no I'm doing FLL-JFK, 2pm flight. I heard that the PTVs are supposed to be free tomorow, and for the rest of June. Is that right? That would be nice. I have a friend in NY, 18 years old, no experience, but he wants to get a job with B6 and hes a real people person. You think they have any availability? Anyway looking forward to the flight. Thanks.
Jello From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 697 times:
thanks for all the support guys. its hard being the underdog with all those player-haters out there. personally, i dont have anything against ANY airline...except one, which will remain nameless. i never will understand why some people feel the need to bash something someone else loves...but it reassures my faith in homosapiens to see all the support.
Bacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1088 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 666 times:
not to be an annoying person or anything, but you all need to change your grammer. jetBlue changed their name to JetBlue a long time ago, try to get it right. and their planes are amazing, they just look so beautiful.....
TWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (13 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 662 times:
Sorry I've been busy in NYC recently, I haven't been able to contribute a trip report. I took Flight 6, a 2:00pm FLL-JFK run on, what else, an A320. Overall teh flight was satisfactory, I'll go into detail.
Long before my flight, my gf had scheduled a MIA-LHR flight on BA at 4:40 to visit her family in the old country. I decided to leave this same day so I scoured the net looking for flights, 3 days prior. I really had no preference for airline, actualy I was banking on DL Express, because of the double miles, and I have a pretty sizeable SkyMiles account, but as it turned out, DLX's 732 left at 11:40, and I wanted to ride down with to FLL and let her continue to MIA for her transatlantic. So the 11:40 was not viable. I was surprised to see that Delta mainline left at 11:35, and Metrojet, 10 mins later. The only next flight to either JFK or LGA was JB at 2:00 which seemed to work. I booked it on their VERY USER FRIENDLY site, and got a confirmation #. Alicia and I headed south and got stuck in traffic on 95 around Pompano. I began to get worried, as time ran by, and when I arrived at FLL T4 for at 1:45 for the 2 flight I was nervous, I had 2 bags to check. JetBlue's counter was very helpful. Before saying anything the women behind the counter asked my name and told me to hurry up, to make the plane. I was impressed, she was on my side! She quickly printed out a recepit for a bording pass, checked the bags, and called the gate allerting them to my late arrival. She assured me, she would personally see to it the bags made it on the plane. I continued down the terminal withj a smile. At the gate, the professionalism contintiued. As I jogged through the concourse the gate agent politely called out, "Come on Russell, we've been waiting for you". I slipped them my boarding pass, which is really more like a credit card recepit, price and seat on the flimsy paper, and boarded the jetliner. Plane looked a little dirty, a few scratches on the leather seats, and some dirt on the carpet but nothing to cry about. Friendly flight attendents, seemed to be a lot of them showed me to my seat and handed my a headset. We took off ten mins late, and headed to NY. We were informed that the PTV's $5 charge would be waived whcih was nice, and the entire plane settled in watching the History Channel, CNNSI, etc.
An intersting mix those B6 passengers are. Crying babies next to well dressed business men. Intellectual looking Hamptonites and persons of all minorities rounded out the mix. Beverage service was curious. They came aorund with a clipboard, but I didn't receive my orange juice with ice, I had requested no ice, untill 10 mins later. The snack was bagel chips or potato chips. I wasn't really pleased with either. The flight was smooth, the seats were a little cramped however, and when you recline your seat, it moves it up, this is really a little tight for taller people like myself. The TVs were entertaining, I watched golf on ESPN. Landed at JFK on time, the flight was continuuing to Buffalo, and those passengers were advised to stay in their seats, but everyone got off. That was disheartening, because I know B6 is sort of forced to fly that route, and will only expand in the coming months to ROC and SYR. Arrival at JFK was uneventful. TWA's old domestic termianl looked its age, and the baggage claim, was really worn. Outside T6, it was only worse, construction crews had torn apart the surface parking to make way for AirRail, so we had to trek to the garage, unwisely built towards the middle of the giant JFK parking lot. Seemed very confusing, my driver even seemed to get lost. Traffic at JFK was expected, bumper to bumper. This is a big shortcoming for B6, JFK is very inconvenient. They need to recify that somehow, maybe pushing for an express subway, there used to be one, in the 70s and 80s.
Anyhow, fine trip, no surprises, very predictable, whisch is good. I'de fly jB more, but lack of FF points, and JFK location veruses Metrojet at LGA hurts.
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2477 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (13 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 654 times:
Jetblue will do remarkably well at OAK. Many, many East Bay'ers (including myself) cringe at the thought of flying out of SFO, no matter what the weather. It just reinforces the notion that OAK is the better airport to fly from. Unfortunately I have no personal or business contacts in NYC, so I probably won't be flying them for awhile. I predict more flights so fast, that it'll make your head spin!