JetBlue Airways has begun operating four daily round-trips between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Newark’s Liberty International Airport, complementing its existing schedule of six daily flights between Boston and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The airline says its new service will bring low-fare competition into a notoriously high-fare market. According to JetBlue Airways, since it announced plans to serve the Boston-Newark market, the lowest walk-up fare has dropped more than 75 per cent, based on a comparison of the lowest published one-way walk-up fare of $405 on October 17, 2010 (before JetBlue announced its Boston-Newark service) and $99 on April 21, 2011.
“I congratulate JetBlue and its partners on adding Newark as a destination, providing our residents and travelers with greater choices at Newark Liberty International Airport,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said in a statement. “JetBlue knows what the rest of the nation is learning – that Newark is dramatically transforming itself into a destination of choice, and a hub for business expansion.”
In 2010, according to JetBlue, the average airfare paid by travelers in the Boston-Newark market was $291 one-way. The airline says this price level is higher than the average fare paid by Boston travelers on any of the six coast-to-coast routes operated by JetBlue from Logan, according to statistics from the United States Department of Transportation.
JetBlue’s planned schedule between Boston Logan (BOS) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) sees the carrier’s first flight of the day on the route depart BOS at 6:15 a.m. and touch down at EWR at 7:31 a.m. The next flight is timed to leave BOS at 9:50 a.m. and arrive at EWR at 11:04 a.m. The third flight is scheduled to push back from the gate at BOS at 3:29 p.m. and to land at EWR at 4:48 p.m. The last flight of the day, which does not operate on Saturdays, is timed to begin taxiing at BOS at 6:20 p.m. and to reach EWR at 7:41 p.m.
In the other direction, JetBlue’s first daily Newark-Boston flight is timed to depart EWR at 8:30 a.m. and to get to BOS at 9:46 a.m. The next flight pushes back from the gate at EWR at 11:50 a.m. and touches down at BOS at 12:56 p.m. The third flight is scheduled to leave EWR at 5:30 p.m. and land at BOS at 6:48 p.m. The last flight of the day, which does not operate on Saturdays, departs EWR at 8:30 p.m. and reahces BOS at 9:47 p.m.
JetBlue is operating its Boston-Newark flights with 100-seat Embraer 190 regional jets, which have four-across seat rows and offer in-flight entertainment with live DIRECTV and XM Satellite Radio programming at every seat.
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