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JetBlue Airways

Headquarters: 27-01 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY 11101
Employees: 14,537 full-time
CEO: Robin Hayes
Stock Symbol: JBLU

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JetBlue is one of the nation's leading low-cost airlines and is based out of New York's JFK Airport.

JetBlue flies an average of 900 flights a day to 95 cities including all three NYC airports, Caribbean and Latin America. The company has become the biggest airline serving JFK and specializes in non-stop trips from New York to the West Coast and Florida.

JetBlue has a total of 216 aricraft including 130 Airbus A320 planes, 60 Embraer E190 planes and 26 Airbus A-321 planes.

JetBlue is the only airline to have free DIRECTV satellite programming on the back of every seat with 36 channels and 100 channels of XM Radio. Planes have power outlets and USB connections in every seat. JetBlue offers Free WiFi called Fly-Fi.

In 2015, the company reported record revenues of $6.41 billion, a 10.3% increase, and net income of $677 million. JetBlue had a load factor of 84.7% in 2015. The average fare paid per passenger was $167.89 in 2015, a 0.8% increase.

The average fuel price paid by JetBlue was $1.93 per gallon in 2015, down 35.7%.

The company began charging bag fees in 2015.


JetBlue Airways launched on February 11, 2000 with the inauguration of service between New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

JetBlue's origins date back to 1993, when CEO David Neeleman sold his first airline, Salt-Lake City based Morris Air, to Southwest Airlines. It was as a founder and President of Morris Air that Neeleman proved that innovative, high-quality airline service coupled with low fares will attract a strong and loyal market.

Following the sale of Morris Air, Neeleman went on to help launch WestJet, a successful Canadian low-fare carrier, and to develop the e-ticketing system he had implemented at Morris Air into Open Skies, the world's simplest airline reservation system. Neeleman sold Open Skies to Hewlett Packard in 1999.

With three successful aviation businesses under his belt, Neeleman decided the time was right to bring his airline formula to the world's largest aviation market, New York City. In July 1999, having secured a hand-picked management team and $130 million in capital funding from investors such as Weston Presidio Capital, George Soros and Chase Capital, Neeleman surprised the aviation industry with the announcement of his plan to launch a new airline that would bring "humanity back to air travel."

The company went public in 2002.

Lufthansa purchased a 19 percent ownership interest in JetBlue in 2007.

In 2014, the company sold its Live TV subsidiary to Thales of France for $400 million.


Maximize your Health

  • Medical Insurance
  • Full-Time Prescription Coverage
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Group Legal
  • Flexible Spending
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Pilot Loss of License
  • Health Risk Assessment
  • Disease Management Programs

Maximize your Wealth

  • 401(k) Plan
  • Roth 401(k)
  • Self-Directed Accounts (SDA)
  • Guaranteed Profit Sharing (not available to LiveTV®)
  • Stock Purchase Plan (not available to LiveTV®)
  • Airline Credit Union
  • Voluntary Discount Programs
  • Free and reduced rate standby travel on JetBlue flights
  • Discounted standby travel on other airlines

Updated February 7, 2016


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