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Sustainable Operations

On the ground and in the air, we’re always looking to reduce the amount of natural resources we use—from reusing and recycling materials, to transitioning our conventional diesel and gasoline vehicles to electric equipment and investing in the next generation of sustainable aviation start-ups.

A more sustainable fleet



We are working closely with the FAA in efforts towards implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, by 2020. NextGen will allow us to fly more direct routes and reduce fuel use by optimizing trip durations and improving descent patterns.  
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New Planes

Our 85 new Airbus A320s with New Engine Option (A320neo), will help reduce carbon emissions more than ever before. All A320neo aircraft improve fuel economy by 15% through newly designed engine technology and cabin changes.  

Mechanics fitting an airplane with Sharklets


JetBlue is the first airline in the world to make the decision to retrofit its in-service fleet with the fuel-saving upgrade of Sharklets. Sharklets are newly designed wing tip devices that are expected to improve the aerodynamics of aircraft and reduce emissions by up to 4%. 

Our Planes

Since 2009, we have reduced our intensity target GHG emissions by 5%. See how we’re lowering our fleet’s impact.

Electric ground support equipment

We have set many ambitious goals to manage our global  CO₂ emissions, including  to transition our wholly-owned ground service equipment to electric power sources where feasible. The move away from conventional diesel and gasoline to electric equipment like belt loaders and bag tugs is a win-win-win. It saves money on fuel costs and maintenance, it reduces emissions and noise while introducing improved safety features.

  • We partnered with the Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ) to receive an impressive $4 million grant from the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Lower Emissions (VALE) program. The awarded grant funds 60 new electric charging stations, enabling us to convert 116 conventional ground vehicles to electric at JFK. 
  • The JFK electric GSE project will improve local air quality via reduction of significant air emissions (25,000 tons of CO, 1,000 tons NOx, and 265 tons SOx) over 13 years. 
  • We've set our sights on the West Coast and all our major BlueCities to make the switch in our quest for enhanced operational efficiency. 

Our Climate Pledge

We’ve pledged to support climate action through the American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

Recycling, composting and more

We’re in business to fly people where they want to go, not to transport trash. Our onboard recycling program helps us reduce operational waste. We’re one of the only airlines with a program in place to sort and recycle the bottles and cans served on all domestic flights. We work hard to ensure our systems are successfully operating both in the air and at every domestic airport. All this effort is making an impact. JetBlue diverts 30 million recycled bottles and cans annually! 

Recycling in any way, shape or uniform.Our uniform program reduces textile waste.JetBlue and Manhattan Portage.Turning waste into a resource.


Millions of people pass through airport terminals each day, and many stop for a meal or snack. We saw an opportunity to reduce our impact by composting food waste at Terminal 5 in JFK. Through our composting partnership with Royal Waste Services, we send thousands of pounds of food waste to a composting facility where it is turned into fertilizer and nutrient-rich soil for farms. 

After the food waste is processed, much of the compost is transported and used to produce vegetables, fruits, poultry and other organic items. We are regularly collecting 2,000 pounds of material per week. 

Reclaiming fabric and electronics

There is more to recycling than just cans and bottles. Other materials need to be diverted from landfills, too—including fabric and electronics (e-waste), which can create air and water pollution. JetBlue has created programs repurpose or donate electronic and clothing instead of letting them go to waste. 

When we introduced new uniforms for our inflight crewmembers in 2014, we decided to put the old uniforms to good use.

  • Crewmember brought in 37,000 pounds of old uniform pieces, which we recycled, donated, and sent to communities in need throughout the US, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
  • Some of the fabric was upcycled into bags with the Manhattan Portage.

Our Environmental Social Governance report

Find more in-depth information about the ways JetBlue is preventing unnecessary waste through recycling.

Investing in sustainable businesses

JetBlue’s BlueBud mentoring program shows sustainability-focused and socially conscious small businesses how to scale responsibly and effectively.

The BlueBud program immerses new companies and start-ups in JetBlue’s operations, culture and provides support like special orientations and unique insights. We focus on pioneering food and beverage companies, tapping into JetBlue’s goal to offer more nutritious and flavorful onboard food options. The program helps feed the airline’s pipeline of sustainable innovative food options. At the same time, small companies learn what it takes to break into the aviation catering space while remaining true to their social mission.

Learn more about some of the start-ups participating in our BlueBud program.

JetBlue’s BlueBud Business Mentoring Program.Meet our latest BlueBuds: 9 Miles East Farm, Sustainable Snacks and Eat Your Coffee.

Building better buildings

Though most of our energy use is related to jet fuel and planes, we can't ignore the environmental impact of the buildings we operate.

How to build a farm at the airport.T5 Farm was built to promote urban agriculture.

Terminal 5

T5 Farm

JetBlue is taking farm-to-tray-table to a whole new level with an experiment in urban farming at New York's JFK Airport. On the Departures level of Terminal 5, JetBlue has built the world's first blue potato farm at an airport. 

The urban farm produces approximately 1,000 lbs. of blue potatoes a season and about 2,000 herb plants, which are grown in recycled milk cartons using organic methods. The organic soil they are grown in partially comes from food waste collected at Terminal 5 which is composted by organic farms in upstate New York in partnership with JetBlue. 

Terminal 5’s outdoor space

Recognizing the calming effect of green spaces, JetBlue built the only post-security outdoor space at a New York airport. The area is free for any customer (and pet) to use. 

More natural light, less energy

Terminal 5 is our home at JFK, which gives us the freedom to use smart building techniques. Here are just a few highlights: 
  • Strategic use of natural light, including T5's glazed landslide facade, glazing and light monitors, daylight sensors and an open light shaft allow for abundant natural light. 
  • The use of fresh-air economizers with air handling units and revolving doors which help save energy and maintain a consistent temperature. 
  • The reduction of heat via a light colored roof that reflects solar radiation. 

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