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    Jet Blue vs: current economy

    We will be flying out of Boston late August and when comparing airfares, I found Jet Blue to be comparable $$ with AA and USAir.

    I am also trying to avoid getting stuck having to do connecting flights. I have had the unpleasant experience of having AA and even USAir change my flights from direct to connecting flights in the past.

    Has anyone had any experience with Jet Blue making similar changes from direct to connecting? I do NOT want to chance having to connect in NY!

    Someone had also mentioned they had heard or read something recently that Jet Blue could be going under due to the economy?

    Please share your thoughts!

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    We have been flying Jet Blue from Boston to the island for a few years and never had a flight change. I flew down on Dec 15th, non-stop with only 42 people on board. No delays, changes or any problems. As far as Jet Blue going under, this is the first I have heard. . . ..

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    Jet Blue's stock price has a range of 52wk Range:3.04 - 7.74
    Today it is at 7.53
    Over a one year period the DJI is down 30% and JBLU is up over 50%
    http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=JBLU

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom and pam View Post
    We have been flying Jet Blue from Boston to the island for a few years and never had a flight change. I flew down on Dec 15th, non-stop with only 42 people on board. No delays, changes or any problems. As far as Jet Blue going under, this is the first I have heard. . . ..
    42 people on an airplane is not a good sign for any airline.

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    I have flown with JetBlue many of times to Aruba, and have never had a problem with them with changing their flights. They are actually one of the best airlines I have flown so far. They definetly are not going under, instead they are trying help out with this current economical situation.

    You will definetly enjoy flying with them jarchamb. Enjoy your trip!!!!!

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    Having flown many different airlines to Aruba with children, I would without a doubt recommend traveling jetblue. Exceptional service, no hassels, never a flight change that we have experienced. I would even pay the extra money to fly jetblue direct just to avoid any headaches that we we have experienced in the past on the other airlines! We have even learned to travel on Mondays and wednesdays as those flights are cheapest.

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    Someone had also mentioned they had heard or read something recently that Jet Blue could be going under due to the economy?

    lufthansa (largest airline in europe) owns 19% of jetblue, which is the maximum a foreign carrier can own in an USA airline. that capital injection was consummated about 5-6 months ago. that ownership stake provides jetblue with a quasi-parent to rely upon. also, jetblue's cost structure is amongst the lowest in the industry which allows them to fly half empty planes as someone mentioned (42 passengers). the reason being their pilots are non-unionized and their fleet is comprised of relatively young planes from one company (airbus) thereby reducing maintenance cost.

    so, in short, don't worry. they are not going under. if anything, usair will before they do.

    oh, and i doubt jetblue will do an impromptu connect via jfk from boston as the cost associated with securing a non-scheduled landing slot in jfk is cost prohibitive.

    i only fly jetblue to aruba because they have the shortest lines at checking at AUA. although, i've found at times that american is cheaper on certain dates.
    Last edited by fattypatty; 05-19-2009 at 09:46 AM.

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    Maximum foreign ownership of a US airline is 25%, not 19% and the reason Lufthansa bought in to Jet Blue was to secure connection opportunities for their passengers at JFK. Lufthansa is a Star Alliance member and their largest US market had no significant presence from any other star alliance member. I believe you will also find that Air France is larger than Lufthansa, especially when you consider the other airlines Air France owns, like KLM.
    Last edited by Chadd; 05-20-2009 at 12:27 AM.

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    chadd...i stand corrected.

    25% cap, klm is the largest in the eu followed by lufthansa.

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    I heard a lot of great news about jet., how about their staff how good are they?

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