Northern California, Here We Come (Again), JetBlue to Add Three New Routes Serving The Region: NYC-San Jose; Washington-Sacramento; and Boston-Oakland
Wednesday March 10, 8:00 am ET
Low-fare Carrier to Serve Six California Cities with 41 Daily Roundtrips this Summer- Including Additional Washington, D.C. Flights to Oakland and Long Beach
YORK, March 10, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- JetBlue Airways (NasdaqNM:JBLU - News) is expanding its service to California this summer with new cross-country routes planned for San Jose, Sacramento and Oakland.
JetBlue will launch new daily nonstop service between JFK
and San Jose, the low-fare carrier's 25th city, starting June 10. The carrier will offer an introductory sale fare on this route of $119(1) each way, when booked at JetBlue's website, http://www.jetblue.com. The sale fare, which requires a 14-day advance purchase, must be purchased by March 26 and is valid for travel through June 30. For an additional $5 each way, this sale fare can also be booked by calling 1-800-JETBLUE. Seats are limited and customers are encouraged to book early.
On May 4, JetBlue will launch nonstop service between Washington's Dulles International Airport and Sacramento, offering customers the only nonstop flight linking California's capital and the nation's capital. JetBlue will offer an introductory sale fare between Sacramento and Washington, DC of $99(1) each way, when booked at JetBlue's website, http://www.jetblue.com. The low-fare carrier inaugurated service between JFK
and Sacramento on March 3.
JetBlue also plans additional nonstop flights from Dulles to Long Beach/LA and Oakland, CA
, effective May 4. The carrier will offer a total of four daily flights to Long Beach, and three daily flights to Oakland.
Also on May 4, JetBlue will introduce twice daily nonstop flights between Boston and Oakland, becoming the only carrier serving the route. The airline inaugurated Boston service in January with flights to Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Denver and Long Beach. JetBlue will offer an introductory sale fare between Oakland and Boston of $99(1) each way, when booked at JetBlue's website, http://www.jetblue.com.
Both the Sacramento and Oakland sale fares require a 14-day advance purchase, must be purchased by March 26, and are valid for travel through May 27. For an additional $5 each way, these sale fares can also be booked by calling 1-800-JETBLUE. Seats are limited and customers are encouraged to book early.
``Northern California, here we come again,'' said David Neeleman, JetBlue's CEO. ``We're excited to be announcing service to San Jose, our sixth California city, just one week after inaugurating our new JFK
-Sacramento service. It's also great to be able to offer new nonstop capital-to-capital service between Washington, D.C. and Sacramento and twice daily flights between Boston and Oakland, just two months after inaugurating Boston service.''
``JetBlue's expansion to San Jose demonstrates the growing understanding of the critical importance of Silicon Valley to the nation's economy,'' said San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales. ``We look forward to JetBlue's growth and success at Mineta San Jose International Airport that will benefit our residents and businesses who can take advantage of more convenient travel to the East Coast.''
``JetBlue is making travel to New York, Washington, D.C. and now Boston a convenient, reliable and fast way to travel to the East Coast. We're excited that JetBlue is providing more travel options to Bay Area residents,'' said Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. ``Soon, everyone will be flying to Oakland.''
``JetBlue has reestablished nonstop service connection between Sacramento, the capital of the 6th largest economy in the world and the nation's capital, Washington D.C.,'' said G. Hardy Acree, Director of Airports, Sacramento County Airports System. ``This is the second exciting addition from JetBlue to our air service program and proof that the Sacramento regional market warrants transcontinental service.''
The airline's regular one-way fares on all three new routes will range from $134(1) to $294(1) each way if booked via http://www.jetblue.com. For an additional $5 each way, fares can also be booked by calling 1-800-JETBLUE.
JetBlue's flight schedules will be:
New York (JFK
) to San Jose (SJC
) San Jose to New York
Depart - Arrive Depart -- Arrive
5:30pm -- 8:45pm 9:45pm -- 6:00am
(eff. 6/10/04) (eff. 6/10/04)
Washington, DC (IAD
) to Sacramento (SMF
) Sacramento to Washington, DC
Depart -- Arrive Depart -- Arrive
9:05pm -- 11:40pm 12:35am -- 8:35am
(eff. 5/4/04) (eff. 5/5/04)
) to Oakland (OAK
) Oakland to Boston
Depart -- Arrive Depart -- Arrive
8:20am -- 12:00pm 8:20pm -- 11:59pm
(eff. 5/4/04) (eff. 5/4/04)
10:20am --7:20pm 10:25pm -- 7:25am
(eff. 5/4/04) (eff. 5/4/04)
JetBlue is a low-fare, low-cost passenger airline, which provides high-quality customer service. JetBlue operates a fleet of 57 new Airbus A320 aircraft and plans to add another 12 A320s to its fleet in 2004. The airline has 100 EMBRAER 190 aircraft on order with options for an additional 100 with deliveries scheduled to begin in mid 2005. All JetBlue aircraft feature roomy all-leather seats each equipped with free live satellite television, offering up to 24 channels of DIRECTV(r) Programming at every seat. (2)
Based at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue currently operates 238 flights a day and serves 23 destinations in 11 states and Puerto Rico. JetBlue plans to commence new service from JFK
to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on May 27, 2004, and has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for international route authority to serve both Santiago and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, with proposed start dates of June 10 and June 17, 2004, respectively. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and a Saturday night stay is never required. For more information, schedules and fares, please visit http://www.jetblue.com or call JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). This press release, as well as past press releases, can be found on http://www.jetblue.com.
(1) Fares reflect $5 discount only when booked at http://www.jetblue.com. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.10 per segment.
(2) DIRECTV(r) service is not available on flights between New York City and Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic.
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