Orlando is a No-Go for Jetblue; They're Staying in NYC
A bit of hot airline business news to round out your Monday: Jetblue announced this morning that they're keeping their headquarters in New York City. This comes after the low cost airline looked into the financial benefits or moving to another place, namely Orlando. In the battle for best city for the airline though, of course New York wins.
Although they're staying in NYC, they are moving to another building in the same borough. Currently, Jetblue is based in the Forest Hills area of Queens, but this move will bring them to the Brewster Building in the Long Island City neighborhood, just over the Queensboro bridge from Manhattan. It's further away from JFK and their Terminal 5, but then it is a heck of a lot closer to us. In fact, Jetblue is going to be our neighbor! How crazy is that? So long as they don't eat up all the steak tacos from Taco King, we'll welcome them to the area.
The building itself is a treasure; built in 1911, it was a Rolls Royce factory for the majority if its life, but now houses mainly MetLife insurance company cubicles. Jetblue might think the area is "industrial hip" now, but they'll be happy they didn't head down south once they realize they can walk over the Queensboro Bridge to Central Park.