This week’s featured link: Aviation and the Media Survey There’s a lot of bad reporting out there about aviation, and now the American Aviation Institute is trying to get feedback on the aviation news media in this survey. This is meant for people who are close to the industry only. I’m not being compensated for this. I just hope that a healthy response with clear results could help to improve media coverage of this industry. (There’s always hope…) Two for the ...
Ground staff cheer one of JetBlue's first flights to Cuba in August 2016. The airline wants to add more flights to Havana. JetBlue AirwaysSkift Take: This is a curious move. In May, JetBlue will start flying smaller airplanes to Cuba, as demand is not as strong as expected. But now the airline wants to add more daily flights. Perhaps this is more of a long-term play. — Brian SumersThree U.S. airlines have given up on Cuba since March, but JetBlue Airways still sees opportunity. The airline o...
Welcome to part 2 of the final chapter of the JetBlue vs Virgin America trilogy. If you missed part 1, my flight in Mint on JetBlue, you can find it here. Having had such a fantastic experience the day before, I did not have high hopes for Virgin America. Alaska has already announced that the Virgin America First Class seat will be going away, and not having tried it before, I knew I wanted to get on, but I didn’t think it could ever compete with Mint. Originally I was going to come bac...
A couple years ago I compared JetBlue and Virgin America head-to-head on a short-haul trip. I followed that up with a long-haul comparison. Now it’s time for the final chapter (seriously, since Virgin America is going away): the premium cabin. And like any good trilogy, I’m splitting the last chapter up into two feature length films blog posts. Let’s start with the remarkable JetBlue Mint experience. (Isn’t the timing perfect after yesterday’s discussion about ...
Boeing and JetBlue Airways have invested in an hybrid-electric plane concept from Zunum Aero. Zunum AeroSkift Take: We're all for forward-thinking, environmentally conscious manufacturers and airlines. But do we think this thing will ever fly for any airline? — Brian SumersBoeing Co. and JetBlue Airways Corp. are investing in a startup developing an electric-powered aircraft with the potential to transform short-haul flights. Zunum Aero is designing and building 10- to 50-seat planes for...
Would you fly on a battery-powered jet? One startup intends to find out -- with the help of Boeing and JetBlue. Zunum Aero, a three-year-old company based in Kirkland, Wash., announced on Wednesday it had received investments from the manufacturer and airline. The startup intends to use the financing to further develop its proposed regional aircrafts that hold 10 to 50 passengers for flights up to 1,000 miles. The jets primarily operate on battery power with an aviation diesel or turbine range-e...
JetBlue’s premium flying experience is about to get sweeter. The airline has partnered with the iconic Momofuku Milk Bar, a bakery based in New York City, to offer its premium Mint customers classic snacks and beverages. Starting in April, travelers will get a pre-arrival Milk Bar cookie in a custom gift box. They’ll also get a Milk Bar green juice, and on redeye flights, they’ll get “bagel bombs” in Milk Bar-branded to-go bags, according to a press release. Pastry ...
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes walks through the aisle of a JetBlue plane at JFK airport in New York. JetBlue is evaluating its fleet mix as it considers whether to fly to Europe. Kathy Willens / Associated PressSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation. For all of our weekend...
This week’s featured link: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns – FlightGlobal It’s been no secret from past comments that JetBlue isn’t in love with its Embraer 190 fleet, and recent comments show that hasn’t changed. I’d bet if JetBlue could get rid of these things today, it would. (And Bombardier would gladly be there waiting to sell some C Series aircraft.) But it can’t. So it’ll just keep complaining. Two for the road: Ex...
JetBlue is among the world's largest E190 operators and it is evaluating whether to fly them to Europe. Pictured In this February, 5, 2015 photo, Robin Hayes walks through the aisle of a JetBlue plane at JFK airport in New York. Kathy Willens / Associated PressSkift Take: JetBlue is taking its time in deciding whether to fly to Europe. We're guessing the airline is leaning that way, but it's hard to know for sure. — Brian SumersJetBlue Airways is doing a “major review”...
This week’s featured link: United Looks at Boeing’s ‘Paper Plane’ and Likes What It Sees – Bloomberg Bloomberg has been cranking out some interesting pieces lately. It’s no surprise this one came from Julie Johnsson, someone I first meant when she was at the Chicago Tribune covering this industry years ago. Now she has a really interesting story about two Chicago companies coming together. Boeing has been talking about a “middle of the market” (MoM) air...
After the US and Mexico agreed to an open skies agreement for travel between the two countries, Delta and Aeromexico wasted no time filing for an immunized joint venture that would allow them to share revenues. This shouldn’t surprise anyone since Delta owns a sizeable stake in the airline and has announced plans to increase its share up to 49 percent. But the road to completing this deal wasn’t easy and required significant slot divestitures in both Mexico City and New York/JFK. ...
Here's my quick video review and seat tour of Mint (http://www.jetblue.com/flying-on-jetblue/mint/), JetBlue's transcontinental business class. I really enjoyed the ...
If there’s one thing we learned during the last election, it’s that misinformation, fear-mongering, and bullying are now a blueprint for success. The local anti-airport group here in Long Beach took that to heart and has now successfully killed any chance of a customs facility at Long Beach Airport in the near future. The level of misinformation and bullying was astounding (and frankly, impressive), and the city council fell for it by a surprisingly lopsided vote of 8 to 1 (kudos t...
Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.06% or $0.13 to close the day at $12.39 on higher than average trading volume of 5.76M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.05M. The Atlanta Georgia 30328 based company has been outperforming the packaging & containers companies by -6.856% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -0.72% YTD, versus the packaging & containers industry which is up 3.42% for ...
Here’s how you can win before you even reach Las Vegas: a $58 round-trip flight from Long Beach to Sin City on JetBlue. The fare, which includes all taxes and fees, is subject to availability. It is for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through March 21. There is no minimum stay other than what the travel days require. 5 feet in Big Bear? ‘The drought is going to get crushed,’ forecaster says of new winter storms Hip and hot: What’s new and noteworthy in California hotels L...
JetBlue Airways Corp. (NASDAQ: JBLU) has fares from New York’s JFK to Boston for as little as $52 one way. The deal is extraordinary, because ticket prices for shuttles between the two cities can be in the hundreds of dollars. JetBlue has some method to what appears to be madness. One cost that can be added to the fare, in most cases, is for extras, particularly luggage. For some fares, travelers need to add $30 for the first piece of luggage and up to $100 for three. Airlines make huge sums ...
Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? Facebook, Instagram and YouTube all add more video advertising options. Announcements just this week: Facebook is to begin testing ads that will run in the middle of posted videos. Instagram introduces full-screen ads in its “stories” and offers new tools to companies with a “business profile” to see their stories’ reach, impressions, replies and exits. YouTube has ad...
The free perks keep coming for airline passengers. JetBlue announced Thursday all domestic flights will have free WiFi. The New York City-based airline starting offering free gate-to-gate internet at the end of 2013 on one aircraft and has now expanded the service to its entire U.S. continental fleet — 227 planes. “It’s a really good time for travelers,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “Airlines are really starting to compete on product.” JetBlue claims it is the first U.S....
When you’re flying across the country and you need to do something that requires Wi-Fi connection, it’s always a bummer when your airline does not have a Wi-Fi network or if it charges you extra to connect. Thankfully, you'll never end up in this picture when you’re flying JetBlue from now on. The low-cost American airline announced Thursday its new in-flight program, called “Fly-Fi.” This Amazon-sponsored program ensures that passengers will have in-flight Wi-Fi access. The company ...