JetBlue Cuts Several Routes In Financial Move

A JetBlue A321neo climbs after takeoff.
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Major U.S. airline, JetBlue, has revealed the it is cutting quite a chunk of its unprofitable services from Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.

This article will cover the details of the routes the JetBlue is cutting and what this means for the major U.S. carrier.

JetBlue’s Service Reductions

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As per an internal memo, JetBlue’s Vice President of Network Planning, Dave Jehn, has revealed that the operator is cutting unprofitable routes.

These routes affect two of the carrier’s major operational cities, Los Angeles (LAX), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Kansas City (MCI).

From Fort Lauderdale (FLL), the U.S. carrier will be cutting the following services –

  • Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)
  • Austin, Texas (AUS)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC)

From Los Angeles (LAX), the U.S. carrier will be cutting the following services –

  • Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)
  • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
  • Miami, Florida (MIA)
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR)
  • Reno, Nevada (RNO)
  • San Francisco, California (SFO)
  • Seattle, Washington (SEA)

At the time of writing it has not been revealed when these route cuts from both LAX and FLL will take place.

From Kansas City (MCI), the U.S. carrier will be cutting the following services –

  • Bogota, Colombia (BOG)
  • Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
  • Lima, Peru (LIM)

The Kansas City cuts will be effective from June 13, 2024.

Besides the main city cuts, JetBlue will also be axing the following routes –

  • Tampa, Florida (TPA) to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQA).
  • Orlando, Florida (MCO) to Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC).
  • New York (JFK) to Detroit, Michigan (DTW).

These route cuts are set to help improve the carrier’s operations, but also coincides with the carrier operating a reduce Airbus A321neo fleet due to the grounding and inspection requirements of their Pratt & Whitney engines.

Senior Comments

The carrier has been distracted over the last three years, where their focus remained on their now broken up NEA (Northeast Alliance) with American Airlines and their filed Spirit merger due to anti-trust issues.

JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer, Joanna Geraghty, has said at the JPMorgan Industrials Conference, “We’ve got to fully leverage our unique position in the market, and with three years of distractions associated with the NEA and associated with Spirit, we’ve got a lot of work to do to get JetBlue back to profitability.”

JetBlue’s Fleet

According to Planespotters, JetBlue currently has 291 aircraft in its fleet. This is broken down as, 29 Airbus A220-300s. 127 Airbus A320s, 63 Airbus A321s, 33 Airbus A321neos including A321LRs, and 39 Embraer E190s.

The major U.S. operator still has a backlog on order for 71 more A220-300s, four A321LRs, 36 A321neos, and 13 A321XLRs.

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