Currently (Summer 2007) JetBlue’s fleet includes 102 Airbus type A320-200 and another 75 have been were ordered. The company also owns 25 aircraft from the company Embraer and another 75 jets with the name Embraer 190 are currently being built in Brazil, delivery is planned in the next few years.
The American low-cost airline JetBlue Airways has become one of the leading airlines in the United States. The airline was founded in 1998 in Forest Hills, a neighbourhood of Queens, in the state of New York. The hub and the corporate headquarters, which is independent of all airline alliances, are now at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Airport, also in the southeast district of Queens.
In 1999 the company requested a license from the American aviation authority and one year later was give 75 slots per week for take off and landing at John F. Kennedy Airport. The first scheduled flight followed in the year 2001, on the route from New York to Long Beach, a smaller airport that is in the greater city of Los Angeles. The route from New York to Boston followed in 2004. The company then expanded with lucrative, and above all, cheap flights to holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Once this project had also brought with it financial gains, JetBlue applied for two more departure airports to be included in the licence: La Guardia and Newark. In October 2006, the airline applied for two more slots at airports in state of New York: Newburgh and White Plains. On 6 February 2006, the press office of the airline announced that for the future, cooperation with the Irish airline Aer Lingus was planned. Only 8 days later, another announcement followed concerning closer cooperation with the airline Cape air that is based in Massachusetts and the peninsula of Cape Cod and flies to the American Virgin Islands.
JetBlue’s network (summer 2007) includes 57 airports in 6 states. Besides the many airports in the USA, the airline also flies to the states of Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The airline provides flights from its base in New York and its hubs in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, Oakland and Washington , these include Aruba, Bermuda, Cancun, Denver, New Orleans, Nassau, San Francisco, San Juan, Santo Domingo and Tucson.