JetBlue Lands in Buffalo Today
--New Airline Offers 3 Round-Trips Daily on New 162-seat Airbus Jets--
New York, NY (February 17, 2000) - JetBlue Airways touched down in Buffalo this morning, the first scheduled passenger flight of its new thrice-daily nonstop service between New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport and Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
With this service, JetBlue also offers Buffalo travelers two direct (single-plane) flights and one connecting service daily to Ft. Lauderdale. Beginning March 16, JetBlue will offer two daily connecting services to Tampa/St. Petersburg. JetBlue's three flights depart Buffalo for New York City at 8:55am, 12:15pm and 7:05pm. Flights from New York City to Buffalo depart at 7:10am, 10:30am and 5:15pm.
JetBlue’s 14-day advance purchase fares between Buffalo and New York start at $49*. Even more appealing for business travelers, the airline’s last-minute "walk-up" fares are just $99*, a 60% reduction from other airlines $246 coach fare in the market. All fares are one-way and do not require a round-trip purchase or a Saturday night stay.
Fares between Buffalo and JetBlue’s two Florida destinations range from $99* with a 14-day advance purchase to a “walkup” fare of $189*. All JetBlue travel is ticketless and seats are available through JetBlue's web site, http://www.jetblue.com
, JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JetBlue (538-2583), or through travel agents.
JetBlue CEO David Neeleman said: “Today's flight marks an important day for all Buffalo residents. JetBlue is now offering fares that haven’t been seen in this market consistently since the ‘80s. In those days, three times as many people traveled between Buffalo and New York City each day. With the warm support of the city's elected officials and business community, we're looking forward to bringing convenient, comfortable, affordable air travel to Buffalo.”
Luiz F. Kahl, Chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the entity responsible for operating the airport noted: “We have been meeting with JetBlue for over a year trying to entice them to come to Buffalo. JetBlue Airways is a very welcome addition to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. New York City is our number one market with 500,000 passengers a year flying to NYC. Passengers will now be able to fly roundtrip for under $100 on state-of-the-art Airbus A-320’s. As a result, airfares in the region will decrease and air traffic will increase, thus providing a much needed economic stimulus for our region.”
JetBlue will operate only brand new, state-of-the-art environmentally friendly Airbus A320 aircraft featuring roomy leather seats and large overhead bins. Starting in late March, the airline will offer 24-channel LiveTV available at every seat for a $5 charge per flight. LiveTV will include news and entertainment selections, to be supplied by DirecTV, including CNN Headline News, ESPN, A&E, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the Weather Channel.
By the end of 2000, JetBlue will take delivery of 10 aircraft and serve 10 cities from its JFK base. The airline expects to serve thirty cities in its first three years of service. In addition to the cities already announced, the company is considering service to: Atlanta; Boston; Canton/Akron, Charleston, SC; Charleston, WV; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbia, SC; Columbus, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth; Dayton; Denver; Flint; Ft. Myers; Grand Rapids, MI; Greensboro, NC; Greenville/Spartanburg; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, FL; Louisville; Memphis; Milwaukee; Minneapolis/St Paul; Nashville; New Orleans; Norfolk; Orlando; Pittsburgh; Portland, ME; Raleigh/Durham; Richmond; Salt Lake City; Savannah; Washington, DC; and, West Palm Beach.
* All fares shown do not include Federal Segment tax of $2.50 per segment or Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $6 one-way.
- Neil Harrison