JetBlue Airways is celebrating its 10th anniversary of operations with a specially painted Airbus A320, featuring a unique 10-themed livery to signify the carrier’s entry into its second decade.
The airline inaugurated service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with two daily nonstop flights on February 11, 2000.
JetBlue Airways now claims to offer the most nonstop departures from JFK and the most domestic departures from the New York metropolitan area of any major carrier.
In addition to revealing the new 10-themed livery, JetBlue has also announced its Crewmember Tailfin Design Contest winner. In October 2009, JetBlue crewmembers were invited to submit proposed designs for another new tailfin. The winning design was chosen from among the top five finalists by public voting between December 8 and January 31. After more than 30,000 votes, the winning design for an A320 aircraft was selected. More information on this tailfin and the winner can be found at blog.hellojetblue.com.
Based on both number of departures and service capacity as measured by available seat miles (ASMs), JetBlue says it is also the single largest airline operating nonstop between New York and Florida and the seventh-largest passenger carrier in the United States, serving 60 destinations in 20 states, Puerto Rico and 11 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.
JetBlue’s home base of operations is at Terminal 5 at New York’s JFK, a new terminal that opened in October 2008. One of the first terminals in the United States to be completely designed and built post-9/11, the 635,000-square-foot terminal boasts 26 gates distributed throughout three concourses and includes a 55,000-square-foot central retail and concession marketplace. Terminal 5 is designed to accommodate up to 20 million passengers annually with up to 250 daily departures.
JetBlue also says it is the number one airline at Boston’s Logan International Airport and at Los Angeles’ Long Beach Airport and continues to grow at other focus cities in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.