NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York's Hometown AirlineTM, today announces the promotion of Robin Hayes to the position of President, effective January 1, 2014.
Mr. Hayes currently holds the position of Executive Vice President - Chief Commercial Officer for the airline. In his new role, Mr. Hayes will oversee a team focused on preserving JetBlue's unique culture and executing its business plan to expand margins and improve returns by maintaining competitive costs and growing revenue. Prior to Mr. Hayes' promotion, JetBlue's CEO Dave Barger held the roles of both CEO and President.
"JetBlue will soon enter its 15th year, very well positioned in an incredibly challenging business," Mr. Barger said. "Robin's expertise and global airline experience will help JetBlue continue to strengthen and evolve our business. In addition, Robin's values are a great match for JetBlue's enviable culture, which is the foundation of our success."
Mr. Hayes joined JetBlue as Chief Commercial Officer in August 2008 after a long career at British Airways, culminating in the position of Executive Vice President for The Americas. As Chief Commercial Officer at JetBlue, Mr. Hayes has been responsible for the airline's revenue, network, sales, marketing and communications strategy, as well inflight service and customer support (reservations).
In addition to continuing to oversee those commercial activities as President, his responsibilities will expand to include operations. Effective January 1, 2014, Rob Maruster, Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer, will report to Mr. Hayes.
"I am honored to serve JetBlue's crewmembers, customers and investors in this role," Mr. Hayes said. "My focus will be to ensure JetBlue grows profitably and sustainably by disrupting the industry and remaining true to our mission to inspire humanity. As a challenger brand in an otherwise commodity business, what differentiates JetBlue is our values-driven culture with crewmembers for whom service is part of their DNA."
Mr. Hayes is a graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. He received a BSc and Masters in Engineering from the university.
Source: JetBlue Airways
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 2225h UTC Dec 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - Airlines for America (A4A) President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio testified today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Aviation, addressing the critical role U.S. airlines play in economic growth and job creation and urging Congress to create a policy environment that enables carriers to run a business while encouraging growth, jobs and better performance for customers.
As the panel explored the state of the U.S. aviation industry, Calio stressed that the latest budget deal, which relies on raising taxes on airline passengers - on top of the $19 billion airlines and their customers already pay - speaks to the disjointed and hostile government action facing the industry. Calio also reiterated calls for a cohesive National Airline Policy to normalize the tax and regulatory environment to be more in line with other industries, enabling the U.S. airline industry to grow and prosper.
"U.S. airlines are a strategic asset and enabler of the broader U.S. economy, yet the policies of our own government continue to impede the viability and competitiveness of our carriers," said Calio. "Recent action in Congress further underscores the need for a cohesive National Airline Policy, in which the U.S. government recognizes U.S. carriers as a strategic asset and the economic engine that drives 5 percent of GDP and 10 million jobs across the United States."
In his testimony, Calio identified fundamental tax, regulatory and infrastructure challenges facing the industry here at home, in addition to international challenges from foreign competitors who enjoy favorable treatment from their governments, which is often in direct contrast to the way the U.S. government treats its own carriers.
"Unfortunately, all too often airlines confront indifferent, disjointed or hostile government policies. We operate in a public-policy setting that veers from the listless to the antagonistic," Calio said. "Our government must play its appropriate role in ensuring U.S. commercial aviation can survive in what is now a dynamic global aviation sector that is rapidly changing - the risk of inaction is far too great."
Source: Airlines for America
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 2223h UTC Dec 12, 2013
MELBOURNE, FL -- (Marketwired) -- LiveTV, the leading innovator of inflight entertainment and connectivity, announces the availability to all airlines of streaming inflight internet and entertainment systems following the launch today of JetBlue Airways' first commercial flights using the latest LiveTV technology and software. JetBlue's use of broadband Wi-Fi using ViaSat Inc.'s Ka-band satellite connectivity is a competitive advantage against older, slower inflight Wi-Fi systems.
"This is a major milestone in the growth of LiveTV and our ability to offer the next-generation inflight connectivity experience to airlines worldwide," said Glenn Latta, President of LiveTV. "Our development of inflight entertainment and connectivity allows airlines to offer the most advanced at-home experience in the air."
JetBlue's agreement with LiveTV included JetBlue's right to be the launch customer for broadband Ka-band. Additional customers are expected to launch LiveTV inflight connectivity in early 2014.
"As the innovator of live in-flight entertainment systems, LiveTV has advanced in-flight connectivity to not only bring an industry leading passenger experience, but to enable airlines to generate operational efficiencies via a connected aircraft. Our system will enable airlines to operate the aircraft more efficiently and therefore save money while delighting their passengers," said Barry Schliesmann, LiveTV Chief Product Officer.
LiveTV's advanced technology includes an industry leading, airline-customizable portal that offers a complete in-flight entertainment experience to passenger devices. LiveTV's proprietary solution includes content management (CMS) and content distribution (CDS) systems to automatically deliver DRM-secure content to every aircraft, providing a seamless and hands-free offering for airlines.
In September 2013, LiveTV received FAA approval and a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to install next-generation satellite-based Ka-band inflight internet and streaming entertainment systems on both Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-900 aircraft. STC approvals for additional aircraft are in process.
Source: JetBlue Airways
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 2221h UTC Dec 12, 2013
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) today became the first airline to use high-speed Ka-band satellite connectivity with the launch of Fly-FiTM, its branded inflight internet product. As the next-generation inflight Wi-Fi, Fly-FiTM for the first time brings travelers real broadband internet in the sky and the same at-home internet speeds they are accustomed.
JetBlue Fly-Fi Ka-band satellite connectivity is eight times faster than older, slower inflight connections offered on other U.S. airlines. During the beta period rollout, JetBlue will offer free basic web browsing on board, called Simply Surf, on Fly-Fi equipped aircraft through June 2014. In addition, JetBlue offers a live video streaming high-bandwidth plan, Fly-Fi Plus, at $9 per hour for applications like streaming movies or large downloads. JetBlue has partnered with its inflight entertainment and connectivity subsidiary LiveTV as well as satellite provider ViaSat to bring Fly-Fi to life.
"This is a great day for JetBlue customers, as we provide the latest reason to choose JetBlue over the competition, in addition to our low fares, most legroom in coach, free snacks and award-winning customer service," said Robin Hayes, JetBlue chief commercial officer. "As with all of JetBlue , our standard free offering beats their paid extras."
"Every traveler using Wi-Fi on JetBlue or any other carrier should test their connection with SpeedTest.net, and post their speeds using #WiFiFlightSpeed on social networks. Travelers should be able to see the speeds of all Wi-Fi systems in the sky and make an informed choice," said Marty St. George, JetBlue senior vice president marketing and commercial strategy. "Customers should demand fast broadband and should discover what true broadband inflight connectivity means." SpeedTest.net is an accepted public standard for internet speed measurement.
JetBlue has spent more than two years working with its wholly owned subsidiary, LiveTV, and ViaSat to create the best customer Wi-Fi experience in the sky. JetBlue set out to find the best onboard internet technology available. With existing technology too slow or too costly, JetBlue chose a different path that mirrors how it approaches bringing humanity back to air travel: invent a new, better experience that puts the customer's needs first.
JetBlue launches today with three Fly-Fi aircraft, five by yearend and more than 140 aircraft by yearend 2014. JetBlue's Airbus A320 and A321 fleet will receive their Fly-Fi upgrades during 2014 at a rate of as many as 15 aircraft per month, while the Embraer 190 fleet will be completed in 2015.
"The entire LiveTV team has worked hard to bring the most advanced At Home In The AirTM internet to the skies, building on our portfolio of products that have helped differentiate JetBlue from its first flight back in 2000," said LiveTV President Glenn Latta.
In addition to launching Fly-Fi, JetBlue expects to allow taxi-in to taxi-out use of Fly-Fi by January 2014. JetBlue was the first airline to offer expanded use of electronic devices last month.
Source: JetBlue Airways
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 2220h UTC Dec 12, 2013