October 15, 2008
Sabor Latino! JetBlue Airways Expands to South America With Daily Service to Bogota, Colombia
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JetBlue Airways , America's leading value airline, today announces plans to begin flights to its first-ever destination in South America, bringing the airline's signature low fares and sense of style to the skies of Colombia. Daily nonstop service between Bogota and Orlando, Florida, will begin January 29, 2009, with fares beginning at just US $99(a) each way. Flights will originate at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, providing convenient one-stop, same-plane service between Bogota and New York. Seamless connections to other cities including Boston, Newark, and Washington are also available.
Service is subject to receipt of operating authority from the Colombian Government, and until final government approval is received, all travel must be purchased and originate in the United States only. Itineraries that originate in Bogota will be available for sale at a later date after receipt of Colombian Government approval."We're thrilled to introduce JetBlue's renowned service to the people of Bogota as we begin the only nonstop flights between Colombia and Orlando," said JetBlue CEO Dave Barger. "This new direct link connecting one of the most vibrant cities in the Americas to the varied attractions of Central Florida is great news for consumers. With low fares, comfortable leather seats with lots of legroom, free snacks and drinks, plus JetBlue's friendly crewmembers, we're sure that Bogotanos will quickly come to love the JetBlue experience."
Customer-friendly JetBlue's new year-round route to the thriving Colombian capital is the latest in a string of new services to Latin America and the Caribbean from the airline's Orlando focus city. The airline now offers daily service between Orlando and Cancun, Mexico; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan, Puerto Rico, plus flights to 14 additional cities on the U.S. mainland.
JetBlue's schedule between Bogota and New York via Orlando: Depart New York (JFK) 1:20 p.m. Arrive Orlando (MCO) 4:08 p.m. Depart Orlando (MCO) 5:55 p.m. Arrive Bogota (BOG) 9:48 p.m. Operates daily effective January 29, 2009 Depart Bogota (BOG) 10:00 a.m. Arrive Orlando (MCO) 2:01 p.m. Depart Orlando (MCO) 3:31 p.m. Arrive New York (JFK) 6:10 p.m. Operates daily effective January 30, 2009
Consistently noted as a leader in customer service and customer satisfaction, JetBlue will operate service to Bogota's El Dorado International Airport with its comfortable 150-seat Airbus A320, which offers seatback televisions (including programming en Espanol), all-leather seating, the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline, and unlimited free snacks and beverages.
"The selection of Orlando International by JetBlue to launch their first nonstop flight to South America is further evidence of a commitment by JetBlue to Central Florida and our community. The daily service is a welcomed addition that further expands our international capacity," said Steve Gardner, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
"We're excited about JetBlue's new direct flight between Bogota and Orlando," said Ray Gilley, President & CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. "This is great news for both leisure and business travelers as it creates a commercial bridge between our areas, helping to enhance the existing trade that takes place between Colombia and Florida, and helps to create new business opportunities."
About JetBlue Airways
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom 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 http://www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue currently serves 51 cities with 500 daily flights. 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 in English or Spanish call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit http://www.jetblue.com/.
(a) For travel between Orlando and Bogota: Fares require up to a 21-day advance purchase. Travel must be booked by October 23, 2008, 11:59 PM MT. Travel must take place between January 30, 2009 and February 14, 2009. Travel must be completed by February 14, 2009. All fares are subject to change without notice. Fares are only available for flights booked at jetblue.com. Travel costs $15 more per person if purchased by telephone or at an airport or city ticket office. Fares may not be available on all days or on all flights. Fares are most often found on midweek travel dates. All fares must be purchased at time of reservation, and are one-way, nonrefundable, and nontransferable. Cancellations and changes can be made prior to scheduled departure for $100 per person at 1-800-JETBLUE or at jetblue.com, with applicable fare adjustment. Cancellations are for a JetBlue travel credit only, which is valid for one year. If a reservation is not changed or canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with the reservation is forfeited. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.50 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. International fares also do not include government fees and taxes of up to $65.90 each way. All taxes and fees must be paid at the time of purchase. JetBlue reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without proper documentation. A second bag fee of $20 applies. DIRECTV(r) service is not available on flights outside the continental United States. Other restrictions apply.
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