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.
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2864 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 10769 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!
Ardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9623 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!
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2882 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 8521 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!