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JetBlue Purchases Seven More Airbus A320s

Fri May 12, 2000 4:28 am

This is from the jetBlue Airways website. It's on of their press releases. Seems like they're doing well...

-- New Airline Now Has Confirmed Commitments for 40 Aircraft --

New York, NY (May 8, 2000) New York-based JetBlue Airways, continuing on its path of route expansion, has signed a firm order for the purchase of seven additional Airbus Industrie A320s, exercising options on a contract announced with the aircraft manufacturer in April 1999.

At that time, the low-fare airline firm-ordered 25 A320 aircraft, plus a further 25 options and 25 purchase rights on A320 Family aircraft, valued at $4 billion. Including commitments for an additional eight leased A320s, JetBlue has now confirmed commitments for 40 aircraft.

All JetBlue A320 aircraft will be powered by V2500 engines, supplied by IAE International Aero Engines, in a separate contract valued at up to $900 million.

JetBlue took delivery of its first Airbus A320 in December 1999, and currently has three A320 aircraft in service, with another seven scheduled for delivery by the end of 2000.

“Since our very first flight, our passengers have praised our service, our fares, and especially our choice of aircraft,” said David Neeleman, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our philosophy is to combine superior customer service with the latest technology and design to provide a better travel experience at an affordable price. Our decision to purchase Airbus and IAE stems from that same philosophy.”

JetBlue currently serves Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Buffalo from New York’s JFK. On June 21, the airline will inaugurate service to Orlando. The airline’s fleet of new Airbus A320s seat 162 passengers, with roomy all-leather seating and spacious overhead bins. JetBlue expects to serve 10 cities by the end of the year with 10 new aircraft.
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RE: JetBlue Pilots

Fri May 12, 2000 4:51 am

Ok, now please tell me how JetBlue select their pilots. For example. Now they have 3 A320 and how many pilots? Also if delivery of another Airbus aircraft is scheduled for late July (this is just example) how they will manage to get new pilots and where they have training? Also, they hired that pilot and delivery not gonna happend till September, so they will pay some money to that pilot???

Those are mine silly questions, but I was wondering for long time how those startup airlines selecting pilots.

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RE: JetBlue Purchases Seven More Airbus A320s

Fri May 12, 2000 8:58 am

I hope that JetBlue can start flying to some international destinations up in Canada like Toronto and down in the Carribean like San Juan, PR , Nassau, Kingston, Jamaca or maybe even the Virgin Islands really soon. With any luck Bermuda would be a great place for them

RE: Pilot1113

Fri May 12, 2000 9:03 am

What did you think they were gonna buy, 777's?! 
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Startup Airlines' Pilots

Fri May 12, 2000 11:50 am

To answer Lindy's question...

The start up airlines always hire more pilots than they have planes for. They need a back-up pilot if one gets sick. Also, there are rest requirements.

A pilot cannot fly more than 14 hours in one 24 hour period and cannot fly more than 80 hours in a month.

Between being sick and the rest requirements, the airline has to hire more pilots than they have planes for. Dispatch does all the crew scheduling and will rotate pilots on and off.

- Neil Harrison

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