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JetBlue Picks LA/Long Beach as Second Focus City!

Twice Daily JFK Service Will Be First Of 27 Departures From New West Coast Base

Long Beach, CA, 05/23/2001 -- JetBlue's first service from Long Beach, just 21 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, will be two daily roundtrip flights to JFK commencing on August 29. Fares between New York and Los Angeles will range from $129* one way, which is up to 73% less than other airlines' equivalent fares in the market. JetBlue's most expensive "walk-up" fare will be $299 one way, which is as much as 75% below fares available from other nonstop carriers in the market. JetBlue charges only $25 for itinerary changes, one of the lowest change fees in the industry, compared to $100 on most major carriers.

The airline's daily schedule will be:

New York/JFK to LA/Long Beach LA/Long Beach to JFK
Depart - Arrive Depart - Arrive
8:25am - 11:10am 12:05pm - 8:15pm
6:10pm - 8:55pm 9:50pm - 6:00am (next day)

Also, JetBlue is considering service to up to 14 additional cities from Long Beach including Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Denver, CO, Dallas, TX, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Houston, TX, Las Vegas, NV, Oakland, CA, Portland, OR, Phoenix, AZ, Sacramento, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, Seattle, WA, and Washington, DC.

"JetBlue is bringing more than low fares between Los Angeles and New York, we are flying brand new, quiet, fuel-efficient jets with comfortable all-leather seating, and the friendliest crews you'll ever meet" said David Neeleman, JetBlue's CEO. "And as the only airline to offer up to 24 channels of LiveTV at every seat, we're the most entertaining airline to serve the nation's two entertainment capitals," he said.

"The announcement that JetBlue will be flying out of the Long Beach Airport is great news for Long Beach," said Beverly O'Neill, Mayor of the City of Long Beach. "Not only will the opportunity to fly directly to Midwestern and eastern cities from Long Beach enhance our ability to attract businesses, but the carrier's outstanding reputation in the industry will help increase the attractiveness and efficiency of our airport."

"JetBlue is going to change the way people in Southern California fly," said Henry Toboada, Long Beach City Manager. "Area residents have always known that the Long Beach Airport was a jewel in the rough - well now the jewel is polished and on the crown. JetBlue is well capitalized and within two years it will provide 27 daily flights that will directly link Long Beach to as many as fifteen major metropolitan centers. We are delighted to welcome JetBlue to Long Beach."

"I appreciate that JetBlue is sensitive to the surrounding neighborhoods and uses some of the world's quietest, most emission-friendly passenger jets," said Jackie Kell, Councilwoman, Fifth District. "JetBlue has shown it is committed to working positively with communities and we are looking forward to their becoming part of the community here in Long Beach."

"Long Beach Airport and JetBlue have much in common - we're both customer friendly and low cost," said Chris Kunze, Airport Manager, Long Beach Airport. "We're looking forward to our relationship and to the expanded flight offerings and destinations. I am personally very excited about JetBlue's brand new, neighborhood-friendly fleet of aircraft."

Since launching operations 15 months ago, JetBlue has served some two and a half million passengers with a fleet currently comprising 14 brand new Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline, the best-funded start-up in U.S. aviation history, takes delivery of an aircraft every five weeks on average. The airline recorded its first monthly profit in August 2000, and has now reached six consecutive months of profitability.

JetBlue was voted #2 Best Domestic Airline for comfort and service in the 2001 Zagat Airline Survey and recently received top ranking (A grade) in an online survey by According to the Department of Transportation, as of February 2001, JetBlue has received 12 letters of complaint since starting service, which equates to less one complaint per 100,000 passengers flown.

From February 2000 through March 2001, JetBlue operated 15,529 flights, with a completion factor of 99.5%, and leads the industry with an average load factor of 75.7% (or percentage of seats filled). The airline has recorded an on-time performance of 81.2%, compared to 72.6% for the top 10 airlines in the U.S, according to the DOT. JetBlue's rate of delayed, misplaced or lost bags is less than half the majors at 2.54 per 1,000 bags handled, against 5.2 for the 10 major carriers.

From its base at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City's most ontime airport, JetBlue flies: six times daily to Fort Lauderdale, FL; five times daily Buffalo and Rochester, NY; four times daily to Orlando, FL; three times daily to Tampa, NY, and Syracuse, NY; twice daily to Burlington, VT, Los Angeles/Ontario, CA, Oakland, CA, and West Palm Beach, FL; and daily to Denver, CO, Fort Myers, FL, Salt Lake City, UT, and Seattle, WA. JetBlue will begin twice daily service between New York and New Orleans on July 25.

With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and a Saturday night stay is never required. The airline offers $2 each way off fares booked through its web site, For more information, schedules and fares, please visit or call JetBlue reservations at 1-800- JETBLUE (538-2583).

1 The Department of Transportation defines "ontime" as being within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival
2 According to the February 2001 Air Travel Consumer Report provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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