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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:58 PM
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Has anyone here flown JetBlue Airways?
My brother hooked me up! "No first class seats, no second class citizens". Democratic- owned, comfy leather seats, good vino. Tell me about your experience with them, please! For the first time in years, I'm excited to be flying again.

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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:00 PM
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1. Yes, I've flown them and I really liked it.
First, they have non-stops from Seattle to both NYC and Boston, which is really great. Also, everyone gets their own televisions. No meals, but lots of snacks, on time, lots of legroom. I recommend them highly.
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:11 PM
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11. Good news, thank you-- I love leg room.
I'm a shortie, and even I am really uncomfortable in a "normal" flight. Thank you for the tip!
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:46 PM
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31. No second class citizens???
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 02:50 PM by Karenina
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:01 PM
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2. I flew from JFK to W Palm Beach in May 2001
We took off on time, we arrived on time. We had simple snacks on the way. I was completely satisfied.
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:13 PM
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14. Ah, nice. This is one flight
I'm really looking forward to. :toast: Cheers!
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:16 PM
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27. Enjoy!
:toast: Bon Voyage!
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FreeState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:01 PM
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3. Democrat?
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 01:02 PM by FreeState
Democrat? Got a link for that one? I saw a documentary a few years back on Jet Blue and it said it was started by the same guy that started Southwest Airlines, a Mormon business man. I was raised Mormon and there are very few democrats in the church (like less than 1 in 10 I would say).
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abluelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:09 PM
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8. I Don't Know How to Link
but check out BuyBlue.org. George Soros has a 23% interest and we know his politics and they contribute something like 68% to the blue as opposed to 32% to the red.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:09 PM
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9. I think David Neeleman was a founder of Morris Air
Which was later acquired by Southwest. I also think he is a mormon but that doesn't mean I'm willing to assume he's a Dem or a repug.
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FreeState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:12 PM
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13. You somewhat right
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 01:13 PM by FreeState
He founded Morris air that became Southwest. He gives money to both Dems and republicans (see: http://www.newsmeat.com/ceo_political_donations/David_N... )

But this is scary - he supports Mitt Romney -

http://www.townhall.com/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ContentGu...

Romney has been meeting with them, while also focusing on friends and associates such as Joseph O'Donnell, a Boston concessions magnate, and David Neeleman, the founder and chief executive officer of JetBlue Airways. Romney's family is also close to the Marriott family, owners of the hotel chain by that name, and Jon Huntsman Sr., a billionaire Utahan whose Huntsman Corp. is one of the biggest employers in Texas.

Spencer Zwick, the Romney aide who serves as finance director of the Commonwealth PAC, played down any religious subtext to Romney's fundraising, even though Neeleman, the Marriotts and Huntsman are fellow Mormons.

"We don't raise money based on religion, or skin color, or ethnicity, or gender," Zwick said in an e-mail.
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:15 PM
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15. Thank you for the link!
I'm glad to have posted this. I'm learning a lot from you guys. :toast:
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:29 PM
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22. That sounds about right
I just hate to assume about anyone. If ever I have I've almost always lived to regret it.
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Momgonepostal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:11 PM
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10. It looks like he give to both parties
from Newsmeat:

David Neeleman
JetBlue ceo
$15,250 Republican
$25,950 Democrat
$24,000 special interest
total: $65,200

http://www.newsmeat.com/ceo_political_donations/David_N...
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Hawkowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:45 PM
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24. NOT DEMOCRATIC
It is indeed a mormon based company founded by David Neelmen. He didn't found Southwest, he founded Morris Air and sold it to Southwest and had to abide by a non compete clause for several years. So he then co-founded Westjet in Canada and when the non-compete clause expired, sold his share and started JetBlue. JetBlue a non-union, low-paying airline in a niche market. The reservationts work out of their homes in Utah.

They do have good service and comfortable planes. They also have a "no overselling seats" policy; i.e; no overbooking flights.

They have until recently been able to remain profitable because it is a new airline and Airbus sold them planes with a "no money down! no payments till 200?" policy and all the employees were new and thus start at entry level wages, which increase with seniority.

Just some factual background.
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abluelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:05 PM
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4. I've Flown JetBlue
It is really a wonderful airlines. Sure hope they continue with their success. They just came to my city, which has helped lower fares on all the other airlines.
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:16 PM
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16. They just came to mine, too.
:D
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aceman2373 Donating Member (90 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:06 PM
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5. Flying it in February...
Looking forward to it.
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:07 PM
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6. Fantastic Service
If they flew where I needed to go all the time I'd never fly with anyone else.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:08 PM
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7. Leaves on time, gets there on time, no BS, has Direct TV in every seat.
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 01:13 PM by The_Casual_Observer
Prices are good & has non stops JFK to Long Beach - LB is probably the most convenient airport on the west coast, certainly in the LA area. It's the only airline I would consider anymore. I hope they stick around!!!

I hope that I have flown American for the last time.
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:19 PM
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19. Good to know.
Flying has scared the daylights out of me for the past 10 or so years, but I'll be enjoying this one (with the help of a lil nicorette gum & some of that tasty wine) ;)
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:56 PM
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26. You're absolutely right about Long Beach airport...
VERY convenient. I used to live right down the street (Clark Ave.) and in Lakewood. I flew in and out of LB a few times; airport was only about 10 minutes away. Much, much less hassle than LAX. Next time I fly back out to S. California, I'll check JetBlue to see if it has any direct flights out of Kansas City... :hi:
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Kickoutthejams23 Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:12 PM
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12. Great Airline
Love the movies on board and the low prices. Watching Benny Hill and Monty Python at my seat helps make the flight pass by faster.
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:17 PM
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17. Love JetBlue!
Will fly them whenever possible. My boss and his family (6 people and tons of luggage) just used them for a family vacation... LA to NYC... they loved the whole experience and will use them again.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:17 PM
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18. jet blue is non union..i would never call them a dem company!!
they are very anti -union!

fly
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Fierce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:18 PM
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28. Yup.
Although union =/= Democrat, or even right, of course. Look at Northwest. But the nonunion part is what keeps me from flying JetBlue.
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:24 PM
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29. What are their anti-union activities?
I know that one attempt to unionize some of their workers failed, but I thought that was because the employees didn't support it?

It's hard to organize workers who don't work in an organized office. How do you meet with your shop steward when your office is your kitchen and the closest company building is 50 miles away? That's a nightmare scenario for union organizers, but allowing employees to do that is far superior to forcing them to commute in every day.
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jumpoffdaplanet Donating Member (676 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:27 PM
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20. It's it in the news for disallowing Arabic writing on a t-shirt
Raed Jarrar was forced to cover up his t-shirt with arabic writing before being allowed on the plane.

And there have been other incident of discrimination.

I wouldn't fly jetblue if they paid me.
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Bumblebee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:28 PM
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21. all the time. They are very good.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:30 PM
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23. They got me from airport A to airport B, what more needs to be done?
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:47 PM
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25. My experience was positive
Long flight from Oakland, CA to JFK. I liked the individual TVs. Watched the Daily Show, Colbert, HGTV remodeling shows and an old movie. Kept me occupied. :-)

Will use them again the next time I go to NYC.

Mz Pip
:dem:
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Fierce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:32 PM
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30. JetBlue handed over passenger information to a DoD contractor...
...and if you flew before Sept. 2002, you could be on the list.

http://www.aclu.org/privacy/consumer/15588res20030923.h...
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