Here is a quick trip report on Jetblue’s inaugural Burbank flight. If the inaugural last week to Portland, OR was really fun, the Burbank flight was even better, and Jetblue really pays much attention to the new Burbank market.
May 24, 2005
B6 294 BUR-JFK Lv1040 Arr1855 Airbus A320-200 N608JB “… And Along Came Blue” Mosaic livery
Well after an evening at the Hilton Burbank, which was not impressive, I headed off to the airport using the shuttle. I flew to Burbank once but only as a transit point, and I did not realize that BUR was really small airport. The ticketing area was all under renovation, and Jetblue uses the check in space between Alaska/Horizon and America West with the new IBM kiosks, as well as curbside and traditional check in counters. It was definitely an exciting day for the Jetblue staff, and many guys and gals in their business suits, as well as press. I saw KCAL reporter, as well as some other channels. I used the machine and the flight was pretty full, but it was obvious that some seats were blocked due to the weight requirement and shorter runway at BUR.
I headed to the gate and was surprised that lots of festivities were going on. And yes, Jetblue used the old gates by Aloha – A8 and 9. America West is the ground-handling agent, and Jetblue sets up its own counters and desks. Well the gate was blasted with the song “New York, New York” for the next two hours, and there was a New York style setup with waiters in the blue hats and uniforms, and hot dogs, pretzels, old style soda bottles, cookies, and lots of pins were available. The overhead ceiling had lots of Big Apple cardboards, and a director blackboard with Jetblue’s inaugural BUR flight information. It was very crowded and this market definitely got lots of attention.
The inbound aircraft arrived on time and we all rushed to the window, as there was a close-up of the water salute by fire trucks. It was all really cool to see it from the ground, and it was more excited that the plane was the latest and newest Airbus A320 owned by Jetblue with Mosaic livery and a cute name “… And Along Came Blue”… and all the passengers got a round of applause.
As souvenirs, we got the new Burbank posters, and I asked for a T-shirt as well (hehe… they were passing them out to staff, so I begged for one. Of course being Jetblue, nothing was impossible!)
Well about the flight, boarding was a bit chaotic, but since two doors were used, boarding was completed at 10:37am, and we pushed back two minutes early, and we took off from Runway 15 at 10:51am. Very powerful takeoff! Flying time was four hours and fifty-four minutes, and the flight went well with the usual Jetblue service – initial beverage & snack service, water bottles runs, and final beverage and Oakfield farm snack pack. During mid-flight, one of the officials (I cannot get his title) announced that there would be a special draw for three pairs of two roundtrip tickets to any Jetblue destinations. The question is to list all seven CA destinations served by Jetblue – SMF, SJC, OAK, LGB, ONT, BUR, and SAN, and 80+ passengers got them right with the help of F/As. Unfortunately, I did not get the tickets. Anyway, descent began at 6:15pm EST, and landed on R/W4R at 6:45pm, and soon parked at gate 12.
Another good flight! Although I like the service last week on JFK-PDX, this set of F/As was fine, and sometimes it was not hard to understand why Jetblue is such a hit airline – lots of motivated employees, and travels were less stressful. I just love watching Queer Eyes for the Straight Guys on the plane.
Well thanks for reading,