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Jetblue Inaugural DFW To BOS May 1, 2012  
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1920 posts, RR: 9
Posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 15604 times:

JetBlue 71st Blue City: DFW


This trip report will be a short one, as there is nothing much to report back – your typical JetBlue experience in an inaugural flight. DFW is JetBlue’s 71st city and 44th city out from Boston, and there is a large celebration in DFW to welcome the flight and to send off the first flight.

Here is the flight information:
May 1, 2012
B6 254 Dallas Ft Worth to Boston Logan Lv1245 Arr1742 Airbus A320-200 “100% Blue” Barcode livery

I arrived DFW on Virgin America the afternoon before and I was able to take a couple of photos of JetBlue’s new home at DFW. It will use Terminal E, as expected and it should not be a surprise to anyone. E10 is its new gate here at DFW and is sufficient for JetBlue’s three daily flights operation.

JetBlue Terminal E check-in counters (next to United) – a few staffs are already working


Gate E-10 – the only disadvantage of this gate is lack of a good photo spot – all double windows
but at least easy to spot registration number


Entry from the lower level


Check-in
First, JetBlue participates in the DFW’s Common Airline Kiosk program, and you can check in for any JetBlue DFW flights using these common airline kiosks, as pictured here


Other than that, it operates same as a typical JetBlue’s station – one line for baggage drop and one line for full service. I opt for the full service today as I want the proper paper boarding pass (thank goodness no more supermarket receipt style boarding pass). The agent was friendly and things were looking good. They have sent in 12 staff from all around JetBlue’s eastern and southern cities, so DFW get an experienced team.
Yes he checked me in…


More balloons today for the check-in area


Yes there is an “even more speed” priority lane for JetBlue passengers, but it was not used today due to low volume passengers this morning.


Gate
E-10 is JetBlue’s new gate, and it is closed to United Club and Delta Sky Club.


Jetblue table


Today’s theme is New England for sure with three entetainers/men – Eric Bailey, Jim Juengeman (can’t get the third name) dressing in patriotic outfits playing drums and flutes and doing balloon tricks for young children. There was a buffet featuring Dunkin Donut’s Boston Cream donuts (of course), assorted fruits, cheese and crackers, as well as a sausage bun (Pig in a blanket) and mini quiches with bottled waters and juices.


Of course the celebratory cake from DFW airport authority


The podium was nicely decorated with balloons and the new destination poster to be unveiled.


This morning, we got a very famous aircraft to work our flight. As expected, it is the newest delivered A320 to JetBlue (delivered in March), N796JB, named “100% Blue” with the Barcode livery. This aircraft is almost famous because the plane stopped by Amarillo on the now famous JFK to Las Vegas flight with the out of control pilot. It definitely has the fresh car smell. BTW, A320 is only used on this first flight for obvious reasons, and E-190 will operate all three flights for now (with a few flights using A320 in the summer).

Gate E10 with JetBlue logo jetway


Ground staffs getting ready


Guess why are their fire trucks?


N796JB landed at DFW on 11:02am – faraway shots


Coming to the gate E10


Waving flags of USA and Texas


Beautiful Airbus


Water Salute of course


Lots of audience


N796JB at gate – my attempts to take various shots throughout the airport

From Gate E8/9

From the Skytrain station – not very successful because of the track itself


Welcoming passengers – note the JetBlue Texan hat


Anyway, there was the typical speech time – Both mayors of Dallas and Forth Worth were here, as well as DFW CEO Jeff Fegan, JetBlue DFW General Manager, Ray Fallon, and JetBlue’s VP Dennis Corrigan. The speeches were good and right to the point, and the folks at Boston brought some fresh lobsters for the mayors and it was pretty cool. There was the unveiling of the destination poster too


Group pictures with the cockpit and cabin crew


The turnaround time was longer than normal because there was the media tour time.

Gate Display


At 12:10pm, there was the ribbon cutting time by the new DFW station gate agents, and boarding began at 12:18pm. Pre-board → Even More Room → Aft to Forward


Before Boarding:


Entrance


The cabin definitely had a new car smell and the seats had some small updates, but your basic all leather seats cabin.


My seat 11F


Compared to the 180 seats A320, JetBlue 150 seats are very generous. Beautiful cabin!


Overhead panel


However I have a minor complain about the controls for the TV – all the buttons are already worn down and changing channels take tremendous effort. For a one-month-old plane, it was disappointing at best. There was also a small box beneath the center seats – nothing major, but just a note.


The loading was light in the return and I had an empty middle seat next to me. My neighbor was one of freshly hired agents at DFW going back to his NYC home for some last matter matters.

Farewell from the ground crew at DFW – Texan style


Captain Carter came out to greet passengers – typical Jetblue style – F/A Heidi next to him


Boarding was completed early but due to delayed air traffic control clearance, door was not closed till 12:49pm, and we did not push back till 1pm. No problem though! Captain Richard Carter and Matt told us our flying time was a short three hours and nine minutes. They had strong headwind coming down but tail wind going back up to Boston. We slowly taxied towards R/W17R and took off at 1:12pm.

The flight was fairly typical as of this point. I would call it a very layback flight with your typical beverage and snack service. Please note the only freebie was the Goodie bag and the headsets. No free alcohol this afternoon – we should get champagne/sparkling wine at least… LOL.

The Goodie bag was pretty disappointing except the bag itself – lobster JetBlue hat, Texan hat, Boston tourist guide, baggage handle, and a lobster thingy. There was no real JetBlue’s souvenir – I could use a JetBlue keychain, baggage tag, and a special DFW sticker. I hope the JetBlue staff reading it can think about the aviation geeks like myself – I want more JetBlue stuff – stickers will be excellent.


Here is the new destination postcard.


There is a full beverage and snack service after takeoff.
My choice today – Coke Zero


Blue Chips and Qaker’s fiber crisps


About an hour prior to arrival, there was the typical lucky draw for two pair of free tickets and the two questions are first, how many cities does JetBlue fly? The second ticket went to the birthday boy, who celebrated his birthday May 1. Then there was a bottled water service.


Descent began at 4:43pm EST and we landed on a very wet Boston at 5:21pm on R/W4R. The taxiway was quite busy, but we parked at gate C26 at 5:31pm – eleven minutes early. The plane returned to San Francisco at Jetblue flight 637 two hours later.

Here is N796JB at Gate C26 – not great shots but at least something!


Double Barcode shots


N334JB heading to DCA


Here is the link to the full album!
http://s1213.photobucket.com/albums/...blue%20Inaugural%20DFW%20May%2012/

It was a nice flight and I was glad to be part of it! Look forward to Blue City number 72!

Carfield

9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 15535 times:

Awesome report once again. I am still hoping they will come to Michigan...anywhere. FNT, DTW, GRR

Did you get to try the cake? It looked delicious  



Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 15167 times:

Very fun and nice report. Thank you  

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 14886 times:

Hi

Nice report, nice to see you made the inaugural. Looks like DFW celebrated it quite well.
I flew B6 last summer and was not impressed at all.
Here is the report.
Jetting The Blue Way To New York! (by MSS658 Feb 4 2012 in Trip Reports)


Grts
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 14884 times:

Very nice report Carfield - looks like DFW pulled out all the stops for their new guest. The freebies and catering looked great!


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User currently offlineaeroperu89 From Peru, joined Mar 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13600 times:

Great report Carfield!
I loved the barcode livery and the legroom looks very nice!


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 13543 times:

My sister always trys to fly JETBLUE.

More legroom and better entertainment choices than AA, UA or Delta.


User currently offline10mid From Singapore, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 13446 times:

N796JB also flew the inaugural JFK-AMA flight.

User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2191 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 13140 times:

Love this TR! I grew up in Dallas, happy to see new air service is coming in  

I thought DFWBOS was going to be on an ERJ - has it been up gauged to a 320?



next flights: jfk-icn, icn-hkg-bkk-cdg, cdg-phl-msp
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13038 times:

The A320 was a special one-off thing for the inaugural flight, and Jebtlue is running three EMB-190 flights a day to DFW now. However, one of the DFW flights will get up-gauge to A320 during the summer. Not sure about the exact schedule. But it will be mostly an E190 station for now.

Carfield


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