Senator Schumer, Congresswoman Slaughter, and DOT Secretary Slater Officiate at DC Press Conference
Washington, DC, 09/16/1999 -- JetBlue, which received its Department of Transportation certification on August 31, plans to commence operations in early 2000 and serve up to a dozen cities with 10 aircraft by the end of its first year of operations.
"The Clinton administration has championed enhanced airline competition so that all Americans may benefit from lower fares and better service that most have enjoyed," Secretary Slater said. "JetBlue will provide low-fare service, increased competition and better access to New York for travelers in many communities."
Senator Schumer added: "JetBlue is the perfect airline to break the monopoly power which other airlines used as ransom to hold Upstate's economy hostage. They are modern, well financed and committed to Upstate. It is a perfect fit for New York."
JetBlue's Chief Executive Officer David Neeleman added: "With the support of Senator Schumer, Congresswoman Slaughter, Secretary Slater and many others, we are bringing an end to the regimen of high fares. Not only will JetBlue offer safe, reliable, and comfortable service with new jets, leather seats, and satellite television monitors at every seat. Our air fares will be 65 percent less than our competitors' offer today."
Considered to be the nation's first "mega start-up" applicant, the company's fleet will comprise up to 82 new Airbus A-320 aircraft valued at more than $4 billion. JetBlue's new aircraft will seat 162 passengers in a single coach cabin.
The company has not yet announced its final route structure but is considering service to 44 cities: Atlanta; Boston; Buffalo; Burlington, VT; Canton/Akron; Charleston, SC; Charleston, WV; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbia, SC; Columbus, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth; Dayton; Denver; Flint; Ft. Lauderdale; 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; Rochester, NY; Salt Lake City; Savannah; Syracuse; Tampa; Washington, DC; and West Palm Beach.
The United States Department of Transportation has certified that JetBlue Airways Corporation's management is fit, willing and able to provide scheduled air service and it has issued the company a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. This certificate will become effective when JetBlue completes its Federal Aviation Administration certification process, which is currently underway.
JetBlue wishes to express its gratitude to the Secretary of Transportation and the Assistant Secretary of Transportation for granting this order. Further, JetBlue is grateful for the leadership and strong support offered by United States Senator Charles Schumer, as well as Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Patrick Leahy, Jim Jeffords, Bob Graham and Connie Mack.
JetBlue also wishes to thank its supporters in the House of Representatives: Congressman Gregory Meeks, John Sweeney, Louise Slaughter, John LaFalce, Sherwood Boehlert, Jim Walsh, Maurice Hinchey, Jack Quinn, Tom Reynolds, Mike McNulty, Amo Houghton, John McHugh, Rick Lazio, Mike Forbes, Sue Kelly, Ed Towns, Nita Lowey, Ben Gilman, Bernard Sanders, Clay Shaw, Robert Wexler and Corrine Brown.
JetBlue also is grateful to Vermont Governor Howard Dean, New York Governor George Pataki, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani for their unwavering support.
JetBlue Corporate Communications