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JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Wed Sep 06, 2000 8:04 am

JetBlue To Launch NonStop Service Between New York and Salt Lake City From Just $99 One-Way

-- Utahn CEO To Introduce Home Town To New Airline And Low Fares --

New York, NY (September 5, 2000) – JetBlue Airways today announced that on November 17 it will commence a daily, non-stop red-eye flight between New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport.

“It’s great to be home. Of all the new services we’ve launched this year, this is the most personally satisfying,” said David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue Airways. “Salt Lake City is where I grew up, where I met my wife, and where I found my first success in the airline industry, with Morris Air. It’s very rewarding to be here with JetBlue, again bringing low fares and great airline service to the people and the city that have shown me so much support.”

JetBlue’s fares on the nonstop service between New York City and Salt Lake City will range from $99 to $249 each way. At $99, JetBlue’s lowest one-way fare is up to 84% less than the regular advance purchase one-way fares of other airlines. And at $249, the airline’s highest one-way fare is as much as 75% less than the equivalent fare on other carriers serving the route nonstop.

JetBlue’s other fares between New York City and Salt Lake City are $129, $159, $179 and $199 each way. No advance purchase is necessary for any of these fares, but seats are limited so early booking is recommended.

The airline’s regular daily schedule will be as follows:

New York/JFK to Salt Lake City
Depart - Arrive
8:05pm - 11:05pm

Salt Lake City to JFK
Depart - Arrive
11:55pm - 6:00am (next day)

(Please note, however, that for the November 17 inaugural flight only, the flight will depart JFK at 6:40pm and arrive in Salt Lake City at 9:40pm.)

JetBlue currently flies to seven cities from its base at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. The airline serves: Buffalo, NY, with five flights daily; Fort Lauderdale, FL and Orlando, FL each with four flights daily; Tampa, FL, with three flights daily; and Los Angeles’ Ontario International Airport and Oakland International Airport in the San Francisco Bay area, each with one flight daily.

The airline will begin twice daily service from JFK to Burlington, VT on September 7 and daily service from JFK to West Palm Beach, FL on October 18, increasing to two daily flights on November 18. Also, on November 18, JetBlue will launch a daily flight from JFK to Fort Myers, FL.

Round-trip connecting service via JFK will be available between Salt Lake City and Buffalo and Rochester, NY with one-way fares as low as $129 and between Salt Lake City and Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, FL with one-way fares starting at $169.

JetBlue operates a fleet of brand new, environmentally-friendly Airbus A320 aircraft, outfitted with roomy all-leather seats and equipped with LiveTV, offering 24-channel satellite television, at every seat. LiveTV is available free of charge to all JetBlue passengers. The airline will serve 12 cities with 10 new aircraft by the end of the year.

With JetBlue, 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 our website at http://www.jetblue.com or call JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).

Regarding press releases, contact Gareth Edmondson-Jones at:
Email: gareth.edmondson-jones@jetblue.com
Phone: 718-286-7941

*-This came from JetBlue's website.


I see this as a prudent idea. I knew that Neeleman was from Salt Lake City, but from a business perspective with the Olympics coming... As everyone knows the Olympics are a cash cow for those that can get in on it.

- Neil Harrison

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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Wed Sep 06, 2000 8:17 am

So is it likely that Jet Blue will end its service sometime after the olympics are over? Anyway, it is nice to see another carrier offering direct flights to JFK from SLC. I have seen Delta's Flights to JFK as low as those of Jet Blue, and you get the wide body comfort of the 767-300. Jet Blue will have its work cut out for it, especially if Delta matches Jet Blue's price across the board.
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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Wed Sep 06, 2000 9:14 am

What the heck are you talking about end of flights when over The Olympic!?!?!?!?! It has nothing do with it!! Many Salt Lakians or west coast who can't afford higher fares to fly to visit relatives in the east coast for anytime. I don't think so it will not end service! JetBlue is a part of business in Salt Lake for Reservation Center in SLC office.

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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Wed Sep 06, 2000 9:42 am

Looks to me from the timing of the actual JFK-SLC-JFK flights that JetBlue is increasing the utilization of their aircraft, without actually having to increase the fleet, simply by operating an aircraft on the flights that would otherwise be overnighting at JFK. They did the same thing with the ONT run, as well.

It makes good business, especially as more people are taking advantage of the 'red-eye' flights that are offered by the various airlines.

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JetBlue And The Olympics

Wed Sep 06, 2000 8:00 pm

When I stated that this was a good decision for JetBlue in light of the winter olympics, all I meant was that this route would be highly profitable for them.

Since they hub out of a international airport it is highly likely that some people will connect on to JB. I wouldn't be too surprised to see them increase frequency to SLC (I don't know the ICAO code).

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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Wed Sep 06, 2000 8:14 pm

I really like JetBlue's strategy of offering an upscale class for all customers. It will be interesting to see how this philosophy is reflected in terms of profitability.
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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Wed Sep 06, 2000 10:00 pm

As we know, the only reason JetBlue is flying to the western cities is to keep it's aircrafts busy during night time. That means we should expect to see more and more red-eye flights as the JetBlue fleet continues to grow. I think LAX, SFO, SEA, PDX are good candidates for expansion.

RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Wed Sep 06, 2000 10:30 pm

How are these west coast red-eye flights to Oakland and Ontario doing? Anyone been on one or read anything regarding load factors?

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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Thu Sep 07, 2000 12:15 am

Good job Jetblue! For people who want to take frequent ski and snowboard trips to the SLC area, this is great! $99 one way really makes 3 and 4 day weekends open to everyone. If Jetblue is going to keep increasing its transcon flights, why don't they buy some 757's??? This could really increase their profit as well as comfort. Does anyone know why they only use A320's? And by the way, there is no way that DL can match $99 one-way tix from JFK-SLC, it's way too low for them.
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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Thu Sep 07, 2000 12:47 am

I'm not sure of load factors precisely, but when I was thinking of flying JetBlue from JFK-OAK in September (plans since scuttled), the reservations agent said that weekends were packed (only highest fares left) until mid October. This was at the beginning of August. I couldn't find $99 fares midweek around the days I wanted to travel either. They must be doing something good!
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Jetblue Vs. Other Airlines

Thu Sep 07, 2000 2:01 am

I have flown Jetblue, and even if other airlines match their fares, I would choose JetBlue. The PTV's are awesome and make the flight go by really quickly. While other airlines offer PTV's, JetBlue's utilize satellite TV, and so you are not simply choosing some boring old program - you have over 20 channels to choose from!

Also, the employees of JetBlue were wonderful and very helpful. I am from Atlanta and love Delta, but JetBlue (as of now) is a far more enjoyable airline to fly. To be honest, I would pay a but more to fly JetBlue!
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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Thu Sep 07, 2000 2:08 am

Does anybody know when they will start service to Spartanburg (GSP)?

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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Thu Sep 07, 2000 2:12 am

On a slow day, I sat and figured out what I think JetBlue's lines of flight are. It goes something like this:

There are 6 lines and 7 airplanes. Two of those planes overnight at JFK. One goes out the next morning and the other becomes a spare for the day, until it goes out to ONT in the evening - moving it to another line of flight when it gets back the next day. The lines are all laid out to make it pretty easy to get any of their aircraft into JFK overnight for service checks or to fix deferred maintenance items or whatever.

But it looks like the SLC service doesn't really fit in the current 6 lines.. leading me to believe the following (assuming my research is correct, I'd love it if there was someone here from JB who could tell me if I'm right or wrong): The SLC service is going to be a part of a new line of flight on an additional aircraft that they'll have received by then. That line will most likely be made up of the SLC round, the seasonal RSW round, and maybe another flight or two to another destination (or heck, maybe even a new winter-type service to somewhere like JAX). Just a guess based on what I've seen so far...
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JetBlue Use Of A320s

Thu Sep 07, 2000 2:13 am

To put it simply, Airbus basically gave away 40 A320s to jetBlue. Something that a government consortium is able to do.  

I think there were other factors playing as well.

The reason why jetBlue doesn't introduce another aircraft is because then their equipment expenses will go up. It is far easier to run an airline with one aircraft type then many.

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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Thu Sep 07, 2000 2:27 am

About the PTV's, i read somewhere that they delay the signal one minute to edit out airplane crashes/hyjackings/etc. As not to arouse the passengers.

Just a little factoid.
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RE: JetBlue To Launch Service Between JFK & Salt Lake

Thu Sep 07, 2000 3:51 am

Pilot1113, get it together for god's sake. You sound like a moron, which I doubt you actually are. Please.
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Thu Sep 07, 2000 8:08 am

What do you mean?

Airbus is not a self-sustaining industry, yet. They still have to undergo a reorganization and a public offering. As a government consortium they have the backing of the government. Thus, they have the access to the bank account of the country of France and other interested nations.

It's a fact that jetBlue chose Airbus over Boeing because Airbus could offer a bigger discount without a loss. I'm not saying this is wrong, it's reasonable from a business perspective. You're going to buy from the company who can offer the cheapest price. It's just reasonable that the company who has the bigger bank account can offer cheaper prices than their competition. As is the case with Microsoft. They can afford to give away their browser because they are a multi-billion dollar company.

I didn't mean what I said in a negative connotation. I believe Airbus is a good challenge to Boeing. Without competition there wouldn't be any innovation. This, is what I believe, spured the 777 (among other things) and is what is going to spur the 747X.

I hope you can understand where I'm coming from. I may have come across as a wise guy, but I didn't mean to. I was only trying to answer why JB went with Airbus over Boeing (the home company).

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