Thank you for your post. As a recently hired F9
employee (yay! my first airline job) and a long time F9
fan, I feel exactly the way you do.
I always wondered why we never got the same spotlight treatment. After all, our branding has always been different, which is why our slogan is "A Whole Different Kind of Animal."
I also like JetBlue, but what you say is true. Unlike JetBlue, we did not have over 100 million dollars to support a venture involving the purchase of brand new airplanes, inflight entertainment, marketing, etc. For JetBlue, that was great start.
, however, did not have no where near that kind of capital (I believe we started with something like a million dollars only- correct me if I'm wrong) and so we did what we could to get by. We treated our customers the way they should be treated, and tried to offer a genuine and sincere product. Also, as you point out, we chose to establish a hub in a market that was monopolized by United, whereas JFK
really had no monopoly by one single airline. But don't get me wrong, JetBlue is a great company with an awesome brand too. But we just have different histories.....some will always have to struggle more than others to reach the same goals. But we're catching up.
Finally, here we are nearly ten years later and growing faster than we ever have. We have a new and improved product to offer, and can finally afford the new planes like our "richer" counterparts. I guess you can call it going from rags to riches....hehe. One thing that's greater than anything right now is that we're making a profit!
By the way, we turn 10 on July 5th.