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JetBlue, American to Offer New Reciprocal Award Redemptions and Elite Benefits

JetBlue, American to Offer New Reciprocal Award Redemptions and Elite Benefits

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways announced that they are adding new benefits to their frequently flyer programs, some directly related to the two airlines’ new Northeast Alliance.
Effective Wednesday, the two carriers are offering reciprocal elite benefits to members of their respective frequent-flyer programs with the necessary elite status.   Some benefits will start within the next few months, however.
The benefits that go into effect on Wednesday for TrueBlue members with Mosaic …

American, Other Airlines to Require All Employees to Get Vaccinated Without Exception

American, Other Airlines to Require All Employees to Get Vaccinated Without Exception

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue Airways, reversed course and said they would mandate vaccinations for all employees amidst pressure from the Biden Administration.
Citing requirements they would have to meet as government contractors, the airlines said that they would not be able to offer employees the option of undergoing regular testing as an alternative to being vaccinated.
The deadline for employees of federal contractors to get inoculated against the coronavirus is …

JetBlue Launches New Service to London’s Gatwick Airport

JetBlue Launches New Service to London’s Gatwick Airport

On the heels of launching its first-ever transatlantic service, JetBlue Airways introduced its second such service, this from New York to London’s Gatwick Airport.  The New York-based carrier launched non-stop service to London from the Big Apple on August 11.
JetBlue is operating both London routes using Airbus A321LR aircraft, equipped with 24 seats in Mint, and 117 seats in economy.
The airline termed the feature in its A321LR business-class cabin and …

JetBlue to Relocate LaGuardia Operations to Terminal B

JetBlue to Relocate LaGuardia Operations to Terminal B

JetBlue Airways announced plans to move operations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to the new Central Terminal, also known as Terminal B.
The move will be effective October 31.  All flights except for its Boston shuttle will make the move, which was announced in an e-mail to members of the airline’s TrueBlue frequent-flyer program.
The airline’s Northeast Alliance partner, American Airlines, operates from the new Western Concourse in the Central Terminal.  The …

Man Attempts to Storm Cockpit, Kicks and Strangles Crew in Melee on JetBlue Flight

Man Attempts to Storm Cockpit, Kicks and Strangles Crew in Melee on JetBlue Flight

A man traveling on a JetBlue flight from Boston to San Juan, Puerto Rico, went on a rampage that included attempting to storm the cockpit, and kicking and strangling flight attendants, an FBI affidavit shows.
JetBlue Flight 261 left the gate at 5:15 p.m. local time Wednesday, 45 minutes late.  With little more than one hour remaining in the flight, the passenger, Khalil El Dahr, attempted to make a phone call …

Justice Dept. Challenges American-JetBlue ‘Northeast’ Alliance

Justice Dept. Challenges American-JetBlue ‘Northeast’ Alliance

The Justice Department Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit that challenges the recent partnership between American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, and JetBlue Airways.
The suit alleges that the carriers’ partnership, which was first announced in July 2020,  threatens competition.  The two airlines say they are giving consumers choices.
The lawsuit specifically alleges that the partnership will eliminate head-to-head competition in key hubs in the Northeast and, further, that it could hurt travelers …

JetBlue Appoints Ursula Hurley as CFO

JetBlue Appoints Ursula Hurley as CFO

JetBlue Airways announced the appointment of Ursula Hurley to the position of chief financial officer.
Ms. Hurley has served as interim CFO since June 2021. She joined the airline in 2004 as a financial analyst and began a climb up the corporate latter with various manager- and director-level positions.
A 17-year veteran of the New York-based carrier, she served as the airline’s treasurer for three years and then became head of treasury …