Lufthansa Flights from 12 JetBlue Cities
Lufthansa codeshare flights from a dozen JetBlue cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are now available for sale at http://www.lufthansa.com/. The codeshare agreement, which was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), provides JetBlue customers with convenient connections to Lufthansa’s worldwide network of over 400 destinations in 100 countries.
JetBlue travelers will enjoy one-stop reservations and seamless baggage transfers on flights departing from:
• Austin, Texas
• Buffalo, NY
• Fort Lauderdale, FL
• Fort Myers, FL
• New Orleans, LA
• Pittsburgh, PA
• Raleigh/Durham, NC
• Rochester, NY
• San Juan, Puerto Rico
• Syracuse, NY
• Tampa, FL
• West Palm Beach, FL
Travelers flying JetBlue from these cities will be able to connect via New York/JFK or Boston onto Lufthansa flights bound for Germany and beyond, including top cities like Delhi, Madrid, Rome, Tel Aviv and Zurich. Flights are bookable on lufthansa.com, via a link on http://www.jetblue.com/, or through local and online travel agencies. Codeshare operations commenced November 11, 2009.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Lufthansa to give JetBlue customers even more choice in international travel,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “As Europe’s largest airline, Lufthansa offers unrivaled connections throughout the continent and onward to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. No matter where you’re headed, JetBlue and Lufthansa can now take you there in comfort and style.”
In January 2008, the two airlines entered into an agreement under which Deutsche Lufthansa AG purchased an ownership interest in JetBlue Airways Corporation. For reservations, visit lufthansa.com, jetblue.com, or your local travel agency.
JetBlue’s Revamped TrueBlue Program Touches Down
JetBlue Airways has relaunched TrueBlue, its customer loyalty program, unveiling a revamped program that is richer, more rewarding, and more flexible than ever. With TrueBlue, travelers can now enjoy the benefits of a program that has no blackout dates — every seat on every JetBlue flight is now available for redemption (a), allowing customers to redeem awards whenever they want to travel.
“JetBlue has built its reputation on giving travelers more legroom, more entertainment, more snacks and more customer service than the other guys.” said Dave Canty, JetBlue’s Director of Loyalty Marketing. “We’re thrilled to roll out a revamped loyalty program that provides them even more value and more flexibility than ever.”
All of JetBlue’s nearly 8 million existing TrueBlue members have already been migrated to the relaunched program; membership account numbers remain unchanged, and previously issued TrueBlue points and Awards remain intact and available for redemption based on the terms under which they were originally issued (b).
TrueBlue Points are earned based on dollars spent with JetBlue or charged on a member’s JetBlue Card from American Express. Customers can earn even more points and reach an Award Flight even faster with two bonuses. A “Go Long Bonus” offers customers who take ten one way long-haul flights (2,000 miles in distance or longer) within a year a whopping 10,000 bonus points — enough for a roundtrip Award Flight (d). A second bonus, “Go Big,” offers customers more points the more they jet.
JetBlue is now making every seat on every flight eligible for TrueBlue redemption (a). Just as airfares vary, the points required to redeem a TrueBlue award flight will also fluctuate according to the specific flight chosen and factors including the destination, day of the week, season, and advance booking window, making TrueBlue points currency you can use to “buy” your Award Flight.
To enroll in TrueBlue or to learn more about the program, visit www.jetblue.com/trueblue
JetBlue Announces Third Quarter Results
JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq: JBLU) reported its results for the third quarter 2009:
–Operating income for the quarter was $66 million, resulting in a 7.7% operating margin, compared to operating income of $22 million and a 2.4% operating margin in the third quarter of 2008.
— Pre-tax income for the quarter was $23 million, which includes an accounting gain of $3 million related to the valuation of JetBlue’s auction rate securities. Excluding this accounting gain, JetBlue’s pre-tax income for the quarter would have been $20 million. This compares to a pre-tax loss of $10 million in the third quarter of 2008.
— Net income for the third quarter was $15 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. Excluding the accounting gain, JetBlue’s net income for the quarter would have been $12 million, or $0.04 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s third quarter 2008 net loss of $8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.
“Despite a tough economic environment, we reported our third consecutive quarterly profit, thanks in large part to the hard work of our dedicated crewmembers,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue’s CEO. “The actions we took last year, including restructuring our fuel hedge portfolio, reallocating capacity and selling and deferring aircraft, have led to significantly improved results. While the uncertain economic environment continues to pressure demand for air travel, we have been able to leverage our strong brand and superior product to introduce innovative ways to attract new customers and build customer loyalty.”