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Jetblue Inaugural LAX To JFK June 17, 2009  
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2127 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 14235 times:

Jetblue Inaugural LAX to JFK flight

June 17, 2009
B6 672 LAX-JFK Lv1250 Arr2129 Airbus A320-200 N651JB “Beta Blue” Harlequin livery

Just want to write a quick trip report!

Here is the link to the photo album!

Today is a very special day, as Jetblue has finally arrived at LAX. Excitement definitely filled up the whole lounge area at 69B, which is the new Jetblue’s gate at LAX. I arrived late from Phoenix, so I missed out on most of the performances. Beta Blue was the aircraft serving the inaugural services, and N651JB was a beautiful aircraft.

CEO David Barger greeted each passenger, as we boarded the plane on time at 12:15pm. The flight went out 100% full as expected, and Dave made a quick announcement before letting us go. He actually asked how many LA based passengers, which were the majority, and the second question, “how many of you find LAX to be more convenient than Long Beach?” There was quite a show of hands. I live in Palos Verdes (well my Los Angeles home), and both LAX and LGB were closed, but I somehow prefer LAX. Then he asked about the New York passengers, and how many passengers are continuing to other destinations? There are a number of folks continuing to Portland, Maine this evening. Jetblue flight 672 pushed back on time at 12:48pm, two minutes early, and the whole Jetblue ground crew and welcoming team waved goodbye, as we taxied towards R/W24R. We took off at 1:08pm, and flying time was a quick four hours and fifty-nine minutes.

The flight started off with five free tickets giving out to five lucky passengers. Mimosa and Bloody Mary were offered, and everyone got a free drink. Drinks were complimentary throughout the flight, as well as headsets and movies. Marc, the F/A in our section, offered me a second mimosa, but one was enough, plus I did not have time to buy real food, so one was more than fine for this quick flight. Two hours prior to arrival, the F/As gave out many gift bags from various vendors, like the Marciano gift card and bag I got, and other places, like California Pizza Kitchen, the Tanning Salon, Guess, as well as tickets to see the Clipper’s game. Jetblue bags filled with Coca Cola products, as well as liquors, were passed out. There were various gifts. However, I was shocked to discover that the second snack service was cancelled. A full beverage service was served, but no longer the 100-calorie cookie pack. I think it is a bit cheap. The F/As are in great spirits and quite active throughout the flight. In terms of inaugural souvenir, the large A4 Jetblue LAX destination posters were offered at the gate. Jetblue has a unique destination poster for each new city that they fly to, which combine the unique features of the city or the airport, and a little jetblue plane flying across. They use to give out posters, which I like better, but the large size postcard is good too, and easier to preserve.

Descent was a bit rough, as lots of thunderstorm activities at Midwest, but we landed on time at R/W22L at 9:07pm and parked at gate 16 at 9:16pm, thirteen minutes early.

Plane-spotting note at LAX:
Korean Air Boeing 747-400 HL7487 the noon nonstop flight back to Seoul
Two Qantas’ Airbus A380-800s VH-OQA and VH-OQC
Qantas’ Oneworld Boeing 747-400 VH-OEB
El Al Boeing 777-200 4X-ECD
Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400 JA8922
Northwest Boeing 747-400 N672US – the proud Northwest Compass livery

Not sure what else to say, but a very good flight and a good start for Jetblue! The flight was mostly full with revenue passengers, but non-revenue passengers. I think Jetblue will do very well on the LAX to JFK flights, and wish them the best of luck.


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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1993 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 13873 times:

Thanks for the TR, and congrats to those who will benefit from B6's new service.

User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1453 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 12348 times:

Thanks for the TR. Did B6 not test their BOB program on this flight? Also, it looks like B6's gate podium facade with the LCD on the left side is very similar to VX @ Terminal 3 LAX.

User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 3038 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12288 times:

How exciting! I wouldn't be surprised to see B6 add additional flights to LAX as the economy starts to improve. Seeing as how they are pretty much maxed out at LGB, BUR, and SAN, LAX presents their only real opportunity for growth!

Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11459 times:

Quoting Carfield (Thread starter):
as well as tickets to see the Clipper’s game.

Why would JetBlue want to torture its passengers?  Wink

User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11142 times:

Whoa, they put a lot of effort for this inaugural flight! What a nice gesture from the ground crew to wave on the tarmac and I completely agree; it reminds me of Japan too. Great job from Jetblue and thank you for this nice tripreport!

User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2952 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10040 times:

Hi Carfield! Great TR and pic post. Thanks so much for Jetting with us on the inaugural flight, and we are happy to hear you enjoyed the Jetting experience!

Quoting Carfield (Thread starter):
However, I was shocked to discover that the second snack service was cancelled. A full beverage service was served, but no longer the 100-calorie cookie pack. I think it is a bit cheap.

I'm not positive which secondary snack service you are referencing, there have been so many over the years. My personal favorite for the transcons were the cheese and cracker kit, but they really were a waste of money for the airline. Just remember that any/all non-BOB products are unlimited. After the first drink/snack service is done by the F/A's, they will typically have a set-up in the rear galley as a self-service type of thing (I think the front galley too). Sometimes on the longer flights they will do an extra service an hour or so before landing, but a lot of different considerations are taken with that. Transcons have A LOT of folks sleeping on them, so if it is a "Shut Eye" (B6 lingo for redeye) flight, or a flight that is landing later in the evening, typically we don't want to make all the extra noise with an extra service and disturb folks. I do miss those damn cheese and cracker kits though...now I am getting hungry LOL!

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 1):
Did B6 not test their BOB program on this flight?

I don't know if LAX was set up as one of the BOB test cities. There were only a few cities that were going to be doing the tests.


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