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March 28, 2012 | Tina Susman
A Jet Blue pilot who began ranting and acting erratically as his flight headed from New York to Las Vegas -- forcing the co-pilot to lock him out of the cockpit and make an emergency landing -- has been described as a seemingly content family man who once hoped to be an astronaut. Jet Blue identified the pilot as Clayton Osbon, who lives in Georgia but who maintains an apartment in the New York City borough of Queens because his flying base is New York. In a statement Tuesday night , it said that the captain of Flight 191 was receiving medical treatment.
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April 22, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Pilots for JetBlue Airlines, the nation's sixth largest carrier, voted Tuesday to unionize after rejecting two previous union votes. The more than 2,600 pilots, with a vote of about 71%, agreed to join the Air Line Pilots Assn. International, which already represents more than 50,000 pilots at 31 carriers in the U.S. and Canada. Until the vote, JetBlue was the last major airline without union representation. The New York-based airline was founded in 1999. Best airlines, worst airlines: JetBlue tops survey as scores slide “ALPA welcomes the JetBlue pilots,” said Capt.
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OPINION
August 11, 2010
Warning: In the event of excessive cabin pressure, your flight attendant may go completely ape. Unfortunately, that's what happened when an "air rage" incident sent Steven Slater sliding down a jet's emergency evacuation chute Monday — and might eventually send him to jail. A 20-year veteran flight attendant with JetBlue who sat on a committee dedicated to upholding the airline's in-flight values, Slater had such a bad day at the aerial office that he's become something of an international celebrity.
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April 18, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
As the tourist season winds down in Alaska, airfare deals to Anchorage heat up: You can get a $276 round-trip fare, including all taxes and fees, from Long Beach to Anchorage. The fare is subject to availability; there is no minimum stay. You may travel any day of the week between Aug. 10 and Sept. 2. Info: JetBlue , (800) 538-2583 Source: Airfarewatchdog.com Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype Credit Free via Skype
OPINION
March 16, 2006
THE LAST TIME JETBLUE AIRLINES made headlines, a planeload of its passengers sat glued to their in-seat television screens, watching themselves in real time before their pilot tried to pull off a nervy emergency landing with a malfunctioning front landing gear on an LAX runway. That weird media moment ended happily enough, but JetBlue's new business troubles might not enjoy such a soft landing.
OPINION
March 20, 2006
Re "Et tu, JetBlue?" editorial, March 16 The biggest problem with American business is Wall Street. Legions of analysts who produce nothing freak out over JetBlue's first quarterly loss, and all of a sudden JetBlue's business model is seen as risky. JetBlue's on-time performance fell victim to weather conditions that no one could have avoided. Fuel prices are high and JetBlue is losing money, but it will get through this and thrive. Every time I fly JetBlue, the planes are full.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
When JetBlue Airways offered a three-month pass for unlimited flying last year, it sold out quickly. The New York-based airline has yet to introduce the deal again this year. Instead, JetBlue last week announced a new deal called the Go Pack that lets passengers make 10 flights in three months, ranging in price from $700 to $2,500, depending on the city where the trips start. For example, a Go Pack from Long Beach costs $999 plus taxes and fees. Under the deal, passengers can take 10 flights between Long Beach and Las Vegas, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Seattle and Portland, Ore. But the deal will only be offered until Sept.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2009
Re: "JetBlue weighs Long Beach exit," April 2: Passengers are not concerned with the facilities that house JetBlue in Long Beach. We appreciate the ease of traveling in and out of Long Beach. Though JetBlue's in-air service is great, I choose it based on the convenience that the Long Beach airport provides -- no traffic, close inexpensive parking, short security lines. I save time by traveling through Long Beach and would hope that JetBlue would recognize that there are more important factors in choosing a carrier than the waiting room.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2012
AMARILLO, Texas — A JetBlue captain who screamed that Iraq or Afghanistan had planted a bomb on a Las Vegas-bound flight was locked out of the cockpit, tackled and restrained by passengers Tuesday, passengers said. The captain of Flight 191 from New York JFK International Airport had a "medical situation" and that the pilot, who subsequently took command of the aircraft, elected to land in Amarillo, Texas about 10 a.m., JetBlue Airways said in a statement. Josh Redick, a passenger sitting near the middle of the plane, said the pilot "stormed out" of the cockpit.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2009 | Peter Pae and Dan Weikel
JetBlue Airways, citing frustration with the lack of facility improvements at Long Beach Airport, said Wednesday that it may cease operations at the airport where it began its West Coast expansion and is now the busiest carrier. No specific plan to leave Long Beach has been proposed, but a JetBlue spokeswoman said the airline could consider, among other options, scaling back flights or shifting them to other airports in the region, including Los Angeles International Airport.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Members of selected loyalty programs at Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways will receive free entry to JetBlue's premium TrueBlue Mosaic club for the rest of 2014 just by signing up. The offer is part of the TrueBlue Mosaic Challenge that kicked off Tuesday and rewards fliers who rack up 3,750 flight points in 90 days. Clearly, JetBlue is out to boost its Mosaic club status numbers, and it's not the first time the airline has made this offer.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
If you fly JetBlue or Southwest, rent a car from National or Enterprise, stay at a Homewood Suites, a Staybridge Suites or a Drury hotel, a Four Seasons or a Ritz-Carlton, your trip will probably be marked by good customer service. Those brands on Monday were named Customer Service Champions by J.D. Power, which analyzed feedback from customers about nine industries, including travel. Customers evaluated their experience based on what J.D. Power calls the five Ps: people, presentation, price, process and product.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
JetBlue's GoPack ticket offer is back with 10 one-way flights between Long Beach and San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento for $999 plus tax. Fliers may purchase GoPack bulk tickets until March 31 and must travel by June 17. Here's how it works: JetBlue provides promo codes that fliers can use as late as up to 90 minutes before takeoff to book a flight. And you can share the codes with friends and family members too. Blackout dates are April 11-28 for the intra-California flights.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airlines will soon increase service to and from Washington's Reagan National Airport, thanks to the results of an antitrust lawsuit. To settle an antitrust suit and allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the U.S. Justice Department required the two merging airlines to give up a combined 104 landing slots at the airport, plus several at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The Justice Department made it clear that the airlines must sell the slots to low-cost carriers to ensure strong competition and low prices.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
If bad scheduling puts you on a flight during Sunday's Super Bowl, you might still be able to catch the big game. Travelers on Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines and Virgin America will all be able to see the game live free of charge while in the air. On Southwest, fliers can hook up with the airline's onboard Wi-Fi to watch the game on their own devices. On JetBlue and Virgin America, travelers can watch the game for free on seatback screens. Plus, JetBlue fliers will be served buffalo wing-flavor pretzels and can purchase their first glass of wine, beer or cocktail for $1 starting at 3 p.m. Pacific time.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
It didn't take long for airlines to adopt the new policy that lets passengers use portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. A day after the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would lift the restrictions, Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways each said passengers on their planes could take advantage of the new rules starting Friday. Under the new rules, passengers can use music players, electronic tablets, e-readers, smartphones and other devices throughout a flight as long as they are switched to "airplane mode" and are not emitting a signal.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2009 | Hugo Martin
Arriba , arriba! The economy remains sluggish, but some airlines are expanding services and celebrating at more than 30,000 feet. Virgin America, the 2-year-old airline based in San Francisco, said Tuesday that it would add nonstop flights from California to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The airline will begin Nov. 18 with two daily nonstops each from Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Not to be outdone, JetBlue Airways announced the same day that it would also add daily nonstop service from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, beginning Nov. 17. JetBlue has run a daily nonstop between Long Beach Airport and Fort Lauderdale since 2003.
NEWS
February 5, 2012
JetBlue will take you to Anchorage and back for less than $300. Best of all, the deal runs from late spring till late summer, when the days are long and Anchorage is at its finest. Note that the $294 round-trip fare departs from Long Beach and includes all taxes and fees. It runs May 25-Sept. 3. No minimum stay. Info : JetBlue , (800) 538-2583 Source: Airfarewatchdog.com
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
JetBlue this week detailed its new premium-class service -- lie-back beds, private suites and tapas-style meals topped off with an espresso or cappuccino -- that will begin on coast-to-coast flights June 15. But there's more good news too. Along with the premium service, called Mint, coach seats get a makeover too. Mint will account for 16 seats, four of them private suites with closing doors, on the airline's new fleet of Airbus A321s, according to...
BUSINESS
August 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The battle for high-spending executives flying coast to coast is heating up, with low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways joining several major airlines offering roomy lie-flat seats on flights from California to New York. The move by the New York-based carrier to add the spacious seats on 11 Airbus planes suggests that it is ready to go head-to-head with much bigger companies for the highly competitive and profitable traffic from Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York. And it is the latest example of airlines eliminating or squeezing the economy section to install higher-priced seats for passengers ready to spend on luxury travel.
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