This week marks the beginning of Joanna Geraghty’s first week as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JetBlue.
She started her new role on February 11, and now takes the helm of the airline at a crucial time in it’s plans for growth and expansion.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Joanna Geraghty Begins First Week As New JetBlue CEO…
In a post on LinkedIn, JetBlue said the following regarding Joanna Geraghty and her first week as the new CEO:
“Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for JetBlue as Joanna Geraghty takes the helm as CEO. Joanna’s vision is clear: to strengthen JetBlue as a customer favorite and industry disruptor, enhancing our customer experience and championing our unique culture alongside our 25,000 dedicated crewmembers.”
Adding to this was Ms. Geraghty herself, who said the following:
“I am honored and excited…to bring humanity to an industry long dominated by legacy carriers…I look forward to building on our momentum, returning to profitable growth, and generating sustainable value.”
A Crucial Time for the Airline…
Joanna Geraghty becomes CEO of JetBlue at what is a crucial time for the airline at present.
The carrier intends to get it’s combination with Spirit Airlines through the courts once again following a strike-down by a judge regarding the proposed merger.
The proposed $3.8bn purchase has been struck down due to concerns over competition, as per reporting from CNBC.
JetBlue & Spirit Airlines in a joint statement said the following on the court ruling when it came in:
“We disagree with the U.S. District Court’s ruling.”
“We continue to believe that our combination is the best opportunity to increase much needed competition and choice by bringing low fares and great service to more customers in more markets while enhancing our ability to compete with the dominant U.S. carriers.”
“JetBlue’s termination of the Northeast Alliance and commitment to significant divestitures have removed any reasonable anti-competitive concerns that the Department of Justice raised.”
“We are reviewing the court’s decision and are evaluating our next steps as part of the legal process.”
This will be something high on the agenda list for Joanna Geraghty, as she tries to get this approved, but also grow the long-term sustainability of JetBlue as well.
All eyes will be on how this will go!
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