Texas Expansion: JetBlue Arrives In San Antonio
JetBlue has landed at its 106th destination with flights to San Antonio International Airport (SAT). The airline’s fourth city in Texas, the inauguration of flights on October 31st came as JetBlue added a few new routes to its network, enabled by the Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines.
JetBlue adds San Antonio to its network
On October 31st, JetBlue’s planes landed at San Antonio International Airport (SAT). JetBlue is flying once daily to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Both nonstop routes were announced as part of JetBlue’s Northeast US expansion under the NEA.
San Antonio will see a mix of aircraft operating. Boston to San Antonio will run onboard an Airbus A220-300. New York to San Antonio will run on an Airbus A320. The first JetBlue flight to land in San Antonio was an Airbus A320 from New York at 12:15 local time. The inaugural Boston to San Antonio flight landed at 13:35 local time.
Speaking on the new route, Andrea Lusso, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning, stated the following:
“The new service to San Antonio is an indicator of the growing demand between the southwest and the northeast and our customers’ return to the skies. With San Antonio being Boston’s largest unserved destination, we are excited to offer our customers traveling for business and leisure our award-winning service and an opportunity to explore the city’s rich history and cultural experiences.”
JetBlue inaugurated Airbus A220-300 operations earlier this year. The carrier’s planes have been flying to various destinations, but entirely from Boston. The A220 can be found flying to places like Austin and Houston in Texas and destinations in Florida like Tampa.
The Airbus A320 is the backbone of JetBlue’s fleet. JetBlue is currently working on densifying its A320 fleet from 150 to 162 seats. Both the A320 and the A220 feature on-demand seatback entertainment. JetBlue also offers complimentary WiFi for customers.
Growth at LaGuardia
Sunday also marked JetBlue’s LaGuardia (LGA) expansion. The airline added split terminal operations at LGA to increase flying under slots accessed by the NEA. JetBlue’s shuttle service to Boston from LGA will run out of the Marine Air Terminal, while the remainder of flying will run from Terminal B.
Also, on Sunday, JetBlue inaugurated new flights from LaGuardia to three vacation destinations: Jacksonville and Sarasota in Florida and Savannah in Georgia. All three of these new flights are running onboard 100-seat Embraer E190s.
Fueled by the NEA
Under the NEA with American Airlines, JetBlue has added more flying from New York and Boston to top destinations that have received comparatively fewer services. Other routes are now possible thanks to American’s long-haul international routes from New York and JetBlue’s ability to access loyal American flyers.
For example, JetBlue will launch new services to Puerto Vallarta, Kansas City, and Milwaukee from both New York. Kansas City and Milwaukee will also be connected to Boston. JetBlue is also planning on adding flights to San Pedro Sula, Vancouver, and Asheville.
San Antonio is the latest city to receive new flights from JetBlue, and it certainly is not the last. Emboldened by returning business and leisure demand, JetBlue is looking to serve as many destinations as possible under its partnership with American Airlines.
S: Simple Flying
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