PORTLAND, Ore., (RUSHPRNEWS) July 22, 2008Â — JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today announces plans to launch new service this fall between Portland International Airport and its West Coast focus city in Long Beach, Calif. JetBlue will offer two daily nonstop flights to the hassle-free Long Beach Airport, conveniently located between Los Angeles and Orange County. One daily flight begins October 9, while a second daily roundtrip begins November 2. Fares start as low as $79(a) each way.
The introduction of JetBlue service to Long Beach also marks the debut of the airline’s EMBRAER 190 aircraft in Portland. JetBlue is the first airline to serve Oregon with the E190, a quiet, fuel-efficient, and full-size 100-seat jet that offers travelers all of JetBlue’s signature amenities: 36 channels of free live DIRECTV(r) programming, more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio(r), plus comfy leather seats (either an aisle or window, with no middle seat!), lots of legroom, unlimited free snacks and JetBlue’s acclaimed customer service.
JetBlue’s new service between Portland and Long Beach:
Portland, Ore. (PDX) to Long Beach, Calif. (LGB) to
Long Beach, Calif. (LGB) Portland, Ore. (PDX)
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 11:10 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.
(Daily eff. October 10) (Daily eff. November 2)
2:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. 5:05 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(Daily eff. November 2) (Daily eff. October 9)
Portland customers traveling to destinations beyond Long Beach may take advantage of easy connecting service to seven additional cities including Austin, Tex.; Boston; Chicago (O’Hare); Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Las Vegas; New York (JFK); and Washington (Dulles). JetBlue also offers nonstop service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“JetBlue’s new nonstop service connecting PDX and Long Beach is a welcome addition for our community, as more than a million travelers fly each year between PDX and the L.A. Basin, making it our top travel destination,” said David Zielke, Port of Portland general manager of air service development. “JetBlue has been a great partner with our community since May 2005.”
“It’s been three years since JetBlue launched our award-winning service to Portland, redefining the air travel experience while bringing humanity back to the skies,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s director of route planning. “Today we’re pleased to give our growing customer base in the Pacific Northwest premium low fare flights to L.A.’s most convenient airport.”
About JetBlue Airways
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft “BetaBlue,” a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 53 cities with 600 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit www.jetblue.com.
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(a) All fares are subject to change without notice. Fares are only available for flights booked at jetblue.com. Travel costs $15 more per person if purchased by telephone or at an airport or city ticket office. Fares require up to a 14-day advance purchase. Travel must be booked by July 31, 2008 11:59 PM MT. Travel must take place between October 9, 2008 and November 19, 2008. Travel must be completed by November 19, 2008. Travel must take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Saturday. Fares may not be available on all days or on all flights. Fares are most often found on midweek travel dates. All fares must be purchased at time of reservation, and are one-way, nonrefundable, and nontransferable. Cancellations and changes can be made prior to scheduled departure for $100 per person at 1-800-JETBLUE or at jetblue.com, with applicable fare adjustment. Cancellations are for a JetBlue travel credit only, which is valid for one year. If a reservation is not changed or canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with the reservation is forfeited. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.50 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. All taxes and fees must be paid at the time of purchase. JetBlue reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without proper documentation. A second bag fee of $20 applies. DIRECTV(r) service is not available on flights outside the continental US. Other restrictions apply.
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