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JetBlue Opens New West Coast Base With Nonstop Service Between LA/Long Beach and New York/JFK.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 29, 2001

- LA/Long Beach-Washington/Dulles Service Starts October 8; $99(a)

Each Way Sale Fare Available for Purchase Until Midnight -

JetBlue Airways today commenced twice-daily service between the airline's new west coast base at Long Beach Airport near Los Angeles, CA, and its home base at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport, New York City's most on-time airport(1).

The New York flights are the first of 27 daily departures from Long Beach, to as many as 15 cities, that the airline expects to add over the next two years. JetBlue will commence daily service between Long Beach and Washington Dulles International Airport on October 8.

JetBlue's previously announced $99(a) one way introductory sale fare between Long Beach and both New York and Washington is still available for purchase through midnight August 29, for travel between September 4 and November 7. Also, all fares -- including sale fares -- booked online at JetBlue's web site, www.jetblue.com, will be discounted $5 each way thru September 30.

Regular fares between New York and Los Angeles will start from $129(a) one way, for a seven day advance purchase fare, which is up to 66% less than other airlines' equivalent fares in the market. JetBlue's most expensive "walk-up" fare will be $299(a) one way, which is as much as 75% below fares available from other nonstop carriers in the market. JetBlue charges only $25 for itinerary changes, one of the lowest change fees in the industry, compared to $100 on most major carriers.


 The airline's daily schedule will be:

New York/JFK to LA/Long Beach LA/Long Beach to JFK
Depart - Arrive Depart - Arrive
8:25am - 11:10am 12:05pm - 8:15pm
6:10pm - 8:55pm 9:50pm - 6:00am (next day)


JetBlue is considering service to 13 additional cities from Long Beach including Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Oakland, CA; Portland, OR; Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA.

"JetBlue is bringing more than low fares between Los Angeles and New York, we are flying brand new, quiet, environmentally-friendly aircraft with comfortable all-leather seating, and the friendliest crews you'll ever meet," said David Neeleman, JetBlue's CEO. "Long Beach has provided us with such a warm welcome. Mayor O'Neill and all the city officials couldn't be more supportive."

JetBlue was voted No. 2 Best Domestic Airline for comfort and service in the 2001 Zagat Airline Survey and recently received top ranking (A grade) in an online survey by PlanetFeedback.com. Since launching operations 18 months ago, JetBlue has served three million passengers with a fleet currently comprising 16 brand new Airbus A320 aircraft.

From its base at John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue flies: six times daily to Fort Lauderdale, FL; five times daily Buffalo and Rochester, NY; four times daily to Orlando, FL; three times daily to Tampa, FL, and Syracuse, NY; twice daily to Burlington, VT, LA/Ontario, CA, New Orleans, LA, Oakland, CA, and West Palm Beach, FL; and daily to Denver, CO, Fort Myers, FL, Salt Lake City, UT, and Seattle, WA. Also, JetBlue will add a third daily flight between Oakland and JFK, and daily service between Oakland and Washington/Dulles both on October 8.

With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and a Saturday night stay is never required. The airline currently (until September 30) offers $5 each way off all fares booked through its web site, www.jetblue.com. For more information, schedules and fares, please visit www.jetblue.com or call JetBlue reservations at 800/JETBLUE (538-2583).

(1) According to 2001 Air Travel Consumer Reports provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation

(a) All fares are subject to a $3 per segment Federal tax and up to $3.00 Airport Passenger Facility Charge.

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