JetBlue Named ’Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline’ By OAG: JetBlue Proves Lower Fares Can Come with Higher Standards
May 19, 2006
LONDON, (PRIMEZONE) -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today was named “Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline” by OAG, the global travel and transport information company, as part of their 2006 Airline of the Year Awards. JetBlue was nominated for Best Airline Based in North America as well.
“On behalf of JetBlue’s 10,000 crewmembers, I am pleased and honored that JetBlue was recognized with this prestigious award,” said David Neeleman, JetBlue founder and CEO. “This distinction truly speaks to our crewmembers’ dedication to bring humanity back to air travel one customer at a time.”
The OAG Airline of the Year Awards have grown in stature and prestige over more than two decades. For airlines around the world, they are among the most valued and respected of all the accolades, representing the views of their most important customers -- the frequent traveler. Independent and unbiased, the OAG awards recognize excellence, both in the air and on the ground.
In the six years since its launch, JetBlue Airways has focused on creating a new airline category -- an airline that offers value, service and style. Based out of New York City, the low-cost carrier currently serves 36 destinations with more than 390 flights daily. Onboard JetBlue, customers enjoy roomy leather seats and 36 channels of free DIRECTV(r) programming (see Note), the most live TV available on any airline. On flights longer than two hours, a selection of first-run movies and bonus features from FOX InFlight(tm) is also available. JetBlue offers customers generous brand name snacks and beverages, including freshly brewed Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and delicious wines selected by the airline’s Low Fare Sommelier, Josh Wesson from Best Cellars. On overnight flights from the West, the airline now offers Shut-Eye Service, with a Shut-Eye Kit(tm) designed exclusively for JetBlue by Bliss Spa and other special amenities including a “good morning” hot towel service. 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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Note: DIRECTV(r) service is not available on flights to/from Bermuda, Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic; however, where applicable FOX InFlight is offered complimentary on these routes. FOX InFlight is a trademark of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. JetBlue’s in-flight entertainment is powered by LiveTV, a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue.
The OAG Airline of the Year Awards are based on votes polled from OAG’s world-wide customer base of business travelers, and their votes are based on personal experience. Results are collected and analyzed by an independent research company.
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