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The day before our flight from JFK to LAX, we received an email from JetBlue saying we were eligible for a "dedicated check-in experience” on the arrivals level of Terminal 5, separate from the usual check-in spots. This type of "private" check-in is usually only seen for first class or business class on international airlines. So to have it here on a domestic flight sounded intriguing.
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While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airportmoving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hubanother airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.
This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.
It won't be winning at Pinterest, but a recent mid-air wedding is quickly capturing the hearts of travelers, thanks to a YouTube video making the rounds.
The couple who said their "I dos"Chas and Dinahopped a JetBlue flight to Seattle in order to elope. At some point, the cabin crew found out about this romantic plans, and decided to offer some in-flight entertainment in the form of an onboard wedding ceremony.
Weddings on airplanes are nothing new. Virgin Australia (nee Virgin Blue) hosted one as early as 2008, Southwest had their first mid-air marriage just last year, and Fiji Airways currently holds the Guinness World Record for world's highest ceremony. (At 41,000-feet, if you were wondering.)
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Icelandair aires Björk. Norwegian Air Shuttle plays unpronounceable Scandinavian artists like Röyksopp. And Hawaiian Airlines leaves passengers with some soothing ukulele. In-flight music sets the tone for an entire journey. While boarding your flight, would you rather hear some overly dramatic piano cover of Asia’s "Heat of the Moment" like it’s 1982, or bounce to the addictive electronic beats of The XX?
We decided to examine the music on various US airlines. Who has the best tunes? To decide, we considered criteria like modernity, tempo, mood setting capabilities, variety — and number of piano or glee club cover songs.
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Just last month we were celebrating the greatness that is JetBlue and their version of in-flight WiFi — or as they like to call it, Fly-Fi. The basic Fly-Fi plans are free, and it seems like that’s going to continue for the forseeable future. But what if you’re looking for a little more bandwidth? Like, say, enough to catch up on a little television?
According to Yahoo Finance, JetBlue has you covered through a new partnership with Amazon. Amazon Prime subscribers will now have free access to Amazon Prime's library of TV shows, movies and other videos. Subscribers won't have to pay for the premium Fly-Fi Plus service that is typically required for streaming vids. (They'll also have access to Amazon's music streaming service, e-books, apps and more.) JetBlue is already known for their complimentary access to plenty of live television channels, but seriously — when it comes to in-flight entertainment, the more the merrier, right?!
The Mamava Lactation Suite, which debuted May 6, gives nursing moms a comfy, private place to nurse or pump. The 4 X 8-foot pods comfortably fit a woman traveling with a breast pump and luggage — and of course, a baby. The suite has fold-down tables, electrical outlets and cushy seats.
LaGuardia also debuted one Mamava lactation suite while Newark’s Liberty introduced two. Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport has had one since March, and according to USA Today, plans are in the works to bring the suites to Houston and Atlanta as well. The message on the suite at JFK explains the concept perfectly:
Hello Mamas! The Mamava Suite provides a solution for nursing mother’s on-the-go –- because necessity is the mother of invention! This private, peaceful, practical room is perfect for women who need to pump or breastfeed. Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere in T5, but please feel free to use this lactation suite if you need a place to pump or a quieter place to nurse your baby.The suite provides the same message in Spanish on the other side.
Kudos to all the partners involved with these suites – instead of contributing to boob-gates (poorly handled public breastfeeding incidents) they are offering solutions. The suites will be in place through October and might be extended, presumably based on usage and feedback.
[Photo: Seventh Generation]
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Now there’s a way to carry your love for JetBlue with you all day long, as USA Today reports that the carrier recently donated a whole bunch of old uniforms, fabrics, and other leftovers in hopes of helping the textiles finding a second life. Thankfully the folks over at the Manhattan Portage were up for the challenge, and they have been busy upcycling things into all kinds of new goodies.
Carry-on bags, totes, messenger bags, and more are now all available, and if you want to get something for us—we kind of like the cute little toiletry bag. All in all there are five new options from which to choose, and they’re all part of the JetBlue Uniform Bag Collection with items starting at $39.
Jackets, rain pants, and flight attendant shirts are just some of the materials getting the recycling treatment, and we have to say each looks pretty darn nice. No word on if bringing one with you on your next JetBlue flight will get you anything special, but we wouldn't be surprised if you scored a smile from the crew.
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While JetBlue has partnered up with a hotel developer, the terminal won't be a JetBlue Hotel a la Virgin Hotels. Still, we'll keep our fingers crossed for some cool JetBlue partnerships since the airline's main terminal is just across the way.
But JetBlue does have another hotel of sorts in Orlando--The Lodge at OSC. Sadly, it's not for regular folk as USA Today tells us it's a hotel built specifically for JetBlue employees visiting the airline's Orlando Support Center (OSC), which includes the "JetBlue University." However, it does have a quite a few similar perks to your average boutique hotel. Here's what's inside:
· A 24-hour, 2,000-square-foot gym and fitness facility
· Walking track and bicycles for use on local roads
·Outdoor fire pit seating area
·Basketball half-court, soccer practice field, fields for kickball and softball
· Saltwater pool
· Complimentary guest laundry facilities
And we're assuming Free WiFi. Please.
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What were you doing on December 11, 2013? We remember what we were up to, which was being in flight over Cape Cod, testing out JetBlue's latest onboard amenity: in-flight WiFi, or, as JetBlue calls it, "Fly-Fi."
Since that day, the airline has worked to install the high-speed, Ka-band system on more and more of their airplanes and, as of this month, celebrated their 100th Fly-Fi-equipped A320. Wandering Aramean reports that all A321s are connected, all A320s should be finished soon, and even the Embraer 190s are due to be online in 2016.
What's even more remarkable than this speedy work is the fact JetBlue has continued to offer the basic Fly-Fi access for free, even though they initially stated it'd be free for at least the first six months.
The latest news is that this commitment to complimentary onboard connectivity is continuing. You get free in-flight Fly-Fi! And you get free in-flight Fly-Fi!
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This summer, Lake Tahoe will be more accessible for New Yorkers thanks to JetBlue
Last week, we were explaining that Tahoe's position on the border of California and Nevada gives travelers the choice between three different airports. Our conclusion was that Reno is the best option for those that simply want to get there, as it is the closest and provides options for easy transfers to the lake itself.
Are you a charitable sort of person always trying to make the world a better place? If so, JetBlue wants to hear from you as part of its Flying It Forward social initiative, which rewards kindness with an airline ticket that gets passed from one good samaritan to the next.
It’s not JetBlue deciding who the ticket is passed to -- the current recipient chooses who deserves the next free flight. This “traveling ticket has enjoyed quite a journey so far.
Keep reading to see where the ticket has flown!
We recognize that we’re probably a little bit greedy when it comes to our in-flight entertainment needs. First there were movies—maybe just on one screen—but soon we wanted more choices, our own screens, and maybe even some live television as well. We moved onto WiFi as well, but apparently the traveling public is looking for more and more when it comes to up in the air distractions.
Thankfully higher education has heard our complaints, as online courses are the latest option to be streaming at 35,000-feet. JetBlue was one of the first carriers to kick things off, as late last year they started offering excerpted streaming lectures and learning from the folks over at Coursera—think business classes, music lessons, and other academic awesomeness.