Customers to Enjoy Low Fares and Seamless Travel Between Rutland/Killington and Top Destinations Across the Country
BOSTON, Dec. 18, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Customer-favorite JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today expands its marketing partnership with Cape Air at Boston's Logan International Airport to include new codeshare service to Rutland, Vermont. Together JetBlue and Cape Air provide the only commercial airline service to Vermont's popular Killington region. Low fares and convenient connections from across the country are on sale now!
Through the JetBlue-Cape Air alliance, JetBlue has placed its code on flights operated by Cape Air to/from the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, making it possible for customers to book travel on a single itinerary between Rutland and 15 top domestic destinations that connect through JetBlue's Boston focus city including New York/JFK, Washington/Dulles, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Las Vegas, Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach. Since March 2007, the two airlines have provided joint service to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown, and Hyannis, Mass. (a).
Rutland customers can now enjoy low fares and easy one-stop shopping for their JetBlue-Cape Air itineraries through jetblue.com or by calling 1-800-JETBLUE. On the day of travel, customers benefit from online or airport kiosk check-in options (b), simplified one-stop baggage check and transfer, and fast connections at Logan Airport. In addition, members of TrueBlue, JetBlue's customer loyalty program, are able to redeem TrueBlue Points for travel on combined JetBlue-Cape Air itineraries.
"Vermonters have been ardent supporters of JetBlue since we first launched low-fare service to their state in 2000. Today we're thrilled to be adding even more travel options for them through our partner Cape Air," said JetBlue CEO Dave Barger. "With JetBlue and Cape Air, you can check in for your flight in Rutland, forget about your bags or the hassles of connecting to another airline, and end up in California, Florida, or anywhere in between -- it doesn't get easier or more affordable."
"In addition to the ease of booking and baggage transfer, Cape Air and JetBlue share a commonality when it comes to singular customer service," said Cape Air President Dan Wolf. "The JetBlue-Cape Air partnership is a proven winner for passengers heading to Cape Cod and the Islands and we are happy to bring that level of service to Vermont."
"Flying to and from Vermont has never been easier," said Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. "JetBlue and Cape Air have connected Rutland and southern Vermont to some of the most popular destinations in the county, all a few clicks away at jetblue.com. The partnership between these airlines will help keep the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport growing."
"Vermonters have enjoyed JetBlue's service out of Burlington for years," said Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie. "It's great that Rutland and southern Vermont will now also have better access to the excellent service JetBlue is known for through the new Cape Air service between Rutland and Boston."
"The City of Rutland and the entire southern Vermont region are excited to be members of the JetBlue-Cape Air partnership," said Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras. "It will really put us on the map and provide a level of service to rival any in the northern New England region."
"Saying that we are ecstatic about this new alliance would be an understatement," said Tom Donahue, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Rutland Chamber of Commerce. "When flying throughout the country, the JetBlue-Cape Air service to and from Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport makes us not only a viable option, but a highly desirable one."
JetBlue is the only low-fare, low-cost airline to serve the Green Mountain State. In addition to this new service operated by Cape Air, JetBlue operates its own daily nonstop service between Burlington and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Nonstop service between Burlington and Orlando begins January 10, 2008.
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 the most legroom throughout coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines) and is the first U.S. domestic carrier to introduce complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services using an onboard wireless network. 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 53 cities with up to 550 daily flights. New service to Puerto Plata and St. Maarten begins in January 2008. 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 call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit www.jetblue.com.
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Cape Air, the largest independent regional airline in the U.S., serves over 700,000 passengers annually with over 130,000 flights in destinations around the world including New England, Indiana, the Caribbean, Florida, and Micronesia. With its fleet of more than 50 Cessna 402s and ATR-42s, employee-owned Cape Air operates up to 900 flights per day. Cape Air, which is based in Hyannis, MA, also operates flights under the Nantucket Airlines brand. . For more information, visit www.flycapeair.com or call (800) 352-0714.
(a) Nonstop service between Boston and Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown, and Rutland operated by JetBlue partner airline Cape Air.
(b) Kiosk check-in only available in cities served by JetBlue-operated flights. Kiosks not available in Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown, or Rutland.
DIRECTV(r) service is not available on Cape Air or on flights outside the continental United States; however, where applicable FOX InFlight(tm) is offered complimentary on these routes. FOX InFlight(tm) is a trademark of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. JetBlue's in-flight entertainment service is provided by LiveTV, a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue.
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