JetBlue President and CEO Dave Barger Extends Employment Agreement to 2015

Dec 22, 2010, 08:30 ET from JetBlue Airways

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced the extension of Dave Barger's employment agreement two years, to 2015. Mr. Barger serves as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer.

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"Celebrating our 10th anniversary this year with the crewmembers who create and deliver the JetBlue Experience every day has given me a renewed sense of how different JetBlue is," Mr. Barger said. "I think our future is full of opportunities and potential, and I am honored to have been asked to remain as CEO through the next five years."

"On behalf of JetBlue's board of directors, I want to applaud Dave for his tireless commitment to the airline and thank him for committing to leading our crewmembers well into our second decade," said Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue's board of directors. "I look forward to seeing Dave's people-first leadership style strengthen all that makes JetBlue unique as we grow and evolve."

Mr. Barger joined JetBlue in 1998, before the airline was named or had a single aircraft.  He succeeded founder David Neeleman as Chief Executive Officer in 2008.  Prior to joining the JetBlue team, Mr. Barger had risen from a frontline airport customer service representative with New York Air to Vice President of the Newark hub for Continental Airlines.

About JetBlue Airways

New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. In 2010, the carrier 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 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 for details. JetBlue serves 63 cities with more than 600 daily flights. The airline intends to serve Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands in February 2011 and Anchorage, Alaska in May 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-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530 or visit

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