JetBlue Airways Reports September Traffic

Oct 11, 2010, 13:33 ET from JetBlue Airways Corporation

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq: JBLU) reported its preliminary traffic results for September 2010. Traffic in September increased 14.6 percent from September 2009, on a capacity increase of 10.4 percent.

Load factor for September 2010 was 80.6 percent, an increase of 3.0 points from September 2009.   JetBlue's preliminary completion factor was 98.8 percent and its on-time (1) performance was 78.7 percent.  JetBlue's preliminary passenger revenue per available seat mile for the month of September increased ten percent year over year.

JETBLUE AIRWAYS TRAFFIC RESULTS

September 2010

September 2009

% Change

Revenue passenger miles (000)

2,200,608

1,919,917

14.6%

Available seat miles (000)

2,731,063

2,474,492

10.4%

Load factor

80.6%

77.6%

3.0 pts.

Revenue passengers

1,873,531

1,624,259

15.3%

Departures

17,750

16,321

8.8%

Average stage length

1,101

1,083

1.7%

Y-T-D 2010

Y-T-D 2009

% Change

Revenue passenger miles (000)

21,295,419

19,612,405

8.6%

Available seat miles (000)

26,213,559

24,570,347

6.7%

Load factor

81.2%

79.8%

1.4 pts.

Revenue passengers

18,214,702

16,993,103

7.2%

Departures

169,504

163,319

3.8%

Average stage length

1,102

1,071

2.9%

(1) The U.S. Department of Transportation considers on-time arrivals to be those domestic flights arriving within 14 minutes of schedule.

Voted "Most Eco-Friendly Airline" by Zagat's Airline survey in 2008 and 2009, New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. In 2010, the carrier also ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Low-Cost Carriers in North America" by J.D. Power and Associates, a customer satisfaction recognition received for the sixth year in a row. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) 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 61 cities with 600 daily flights. New service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, DC and to Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT begins in November. The airline also intends to serve Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands in February 2011. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530 or visit www.jetblue.com.

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SOURCE JetBlue Airways Corporation



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