Low Fares and a Meaningful Celebration of Cuban Culture Will Mark the
Arrival of JetBlue’s Service in Havana and Its 100th
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU), the first U.S. airline to bring affordable and
convenient air travel to Cuba after more than 50 years, today announced
the long-anticipated addition of service to Havana’s José Martí
International Airport (HAV) starting in late November (a). Havana, the
airline’s fourth Cuban destination and 100th destination
network-wide, will be served by daily roundtrip flights from three
JetBlue focus cities on the airline’s newest Airbus A321 aircraft and
its award-winning customer service:
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Crewmembers at the Santa Clara Abel Santamaría International Airport in Cuba welcome JetBlue flight 387 on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, the first commercial flight to Cuba from the U.S. in more than 50 years. (Photo: Business Wire)
New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): Daily
roundtrips begin on November 28, 2016
- Orlando International Airport (MCO): Daily roundtrips begin on
November 29, 2016
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): Once-daily
roundtrips begin on November 30, 2016 and a second daily roundtrip
(except Saturdays) begins December 1, 2016
Known for offering a customer-focused experience at a competitive price,
JetBlue continues to make Cuba more affordable for those who meet
government travel requirements. Introductory fares from Florida start at
$54 one-way (b) and introductory fares from New York start at $99
one-way (b), including Cuban government-required health insurance
“Our historic first flight kicked off a new era in travel to Cuba, and
once again JetBlue will make history with flights that finally make
flying to the Cuban capital simple, affordable and enjoyable,” said
Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer, JetBlue. “It’s
remarkable that a startup airline less than 17 years old will mark
Havana as its 100th destination.”
With service to Havana, JetBlue – which launched its first flight in
February 2000 – will serve 100 destinations across 22 countries in the
U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
JetBlue Celebrates the Culture of Cuba by Supporting the American
Museum of Natural History’s Upcoming Exhibition: ¡Cuba!
To mark the inaugural flights, JetBlue will celebrate Cuba’s distinctive
cultural heritage in its home at JFK’s Terminal 5 (T5) and in
partnership with the American Museum of Natural History.
A special Live From T5 concert will kick off inaugural day on November
28 with performances from an award-winning Cuban music group and a New
York-based Cuban dance group. Additionally, travelers passing through T5
will be able to take in a live mural creation by a Cuba-based artist.
Other inaugural festivities will include traditional Cuban food and
remarks to commemorate JetBlue’s first commercial flight to Havana.
JetBlue will also proudly highlight its support of ¡Cuba!, an
exhibition by New York’s American Museum of Natural History. The
exhibition opens to the public at the museum’s Manhattan location on
November 21. ¡Cuba! will showcase the country’s biodiversity,
culture and life and will invite visitors to discover Cuban nature and
Cuban culture through music, dance performances, and a variety of
“We are delighted to launch this wonderful partnership with JetBlue as
corporate sponsor of our upcoming exhibition ¡Cuba!” said Ellen
V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History. “Our
exhibition grows out of an unprecedented scientific and educational
partnership with the National Natural History Museum in Havana, and we
are so pleased to have JetBlue’s support of the Museum as we continue
our work both globally and locally to advance scientific research,
education, and cross-cultural understanding.”
As a leader in science and conservation, the American Museum of Natural
History has long-standing research and capacity development
collaborations with Cuban scientists at a number of institutions. Museum
scientists have participated in nearly 30 expeditions and field projects
to Cuba over the last 120 years.
Removing the Cost & Complexity of Cuba Travel
True to its customer focus, JetBlue is taking a number of steps unique
to its Cuba service to set it apart from competitors known for offering
high prices and inferior service:
- Affordable fares: JetBlue is introducing a low starting fare to
make Cuba more accessible to those visiting family members or
traveling to Cuba for cultural, business or group travel.
- Health insurance included: JetBlue will include Cuban
government-required health insurance coverage for all travelers on all
Cuba-bound flights so that customers do not have to worry about
obtaining the insurance separately.
- Affidavit in a few clicks: Under U.S. regulations, every
customer traveling to Cuba must complete an affidavit affirming the
customer is going for one of 12 reasons of approved travel from the U.S.
Department of Treasury. JetBlue has built the completion of the
affidavit right into the booking process so it can be finished in only
a couple of clicks.
- Day-of-travel Cuban Tourist Visa (Tourist Card): Separate from
the U.S. regulated 12 categories, visitors must also obtain an
entrance visa into Cuba. For customers who qualify for a Cuban Tourist
Visa (Tourist Card), JetBlue will make those visas available for
purchase upon check-in at one of its gateway airports or at the gate
for connecting customers on the day of travel. All travelers to Cuba
must make their own determination with respect to the appropriate type
of visa required by Cuba for their purpose of travel.
All customers traveling to Cuba must be authorized to do so under the
U.S. government’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations and they must certify
that they qualify for one of the twelve approved travel categories
outlined by the U.S. Department of Treasury. All travelers to Cuba must
make their own determination with respect to the appropriate type of
visa required by Cuba for their purpose of travel.
|Schedule Between New York (JFK) and Havana (HAV)|
|Daily Flights Starting November 28, 2016 (a)|
|JFK – HAV Flight #243||
||HAV – JFK Flight #242|
8:58 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.
2:20 p.m. – 5:33 p.m.
Schedule Between Orlando (MCO) and Havana (HAV)
Daily Flights Starting November 29, 2016 (a)
|MCO – HAV Flight #503||
||HAV – MCO Flight #1004|
8:26 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
|Schedule Between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Havana (HAV)|
|Daily Flights Starting November 30, 2016 (a)|
|FLL – HAV Flight #1499||
||HAV – FLL Flight #1500|
12:14 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:16 p.m.
Second Daily Flights (except Saturdays) Starting December 1,
|FLL – HAV Flight #799||
||HAV – FLL Flight #800|
7:54 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 12:02 p.m.
Flights between the U.S. and Havana will be operated on JetBlue's Airbus
A321 aircraft which offers the airline’s award-winning service,
featuring the most legroom in coach (c); free Fly-Fi, the fastest
broadband internet in the sky (d); complimentary and unlimited
name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and
100 channels of SiriusXM® radio in every seatback.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline©, and a leading carrier
in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando,
and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to
97 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of
925 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.
(a) Subject to receipt of government operating authority.
(b) Blue fare shown. Fares include government taxes, fees and Cuban
government required health insurance. Click
here for terms and conditions of the health insurance coverage
provided. Each passenger from the United States of America must comply
with regulations administered by the United States Office of Foreign
Assets Control (OFAC) and is solely responsible for ensuring that his or
her trip is authorized under at least one of the OFAC approved license
categories and for obtaining any applicable visa. JetBlue is not
responsible for a passenger’s failure to present or provide adequate
travel documentation required. Fares must be purchased by 10/27/16 (the
earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local) for flights from New York City, NY
(JFK) to Havana, Cuba (HAV) between 11/28/16 and 02/28/17 on any day,
Orlando, FL (MCO) to Havana, Cuba (HAV) between 11/29/16 and 02/28/17 on
any day, and Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), to Havana, Cuba (HAV) between
11/30/16 and 02/28/17 on any day. 14-day advance purchase required.
Fares are subject to limited availability; may not be available on all
days or all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at
time of reservation; and are one-way, nonstop (except as otherwise
noted), nonrefundable and nontransferable. View
more information on taxes and fees. Checked Baggage
Allowance/Fees: For Blue and Blue Plus fares to Cuba, first checked
bag is included and second bag is $35. For Blue Flex fares, two checked
bags are included. Customers traveling on flights to or from Cuba and
the USA may not check more than two bags, and oversized and/or
overweight bags are not accepted. View
baggage fees and other optional services and fees. Change/Cancellation
Fees: All reservations made one week or more prior to a flight's
departure may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours after the
reservation is made. Changes and cancellations made 60 days or more
prior to departure date: Blue: $70 per person fee plus difference in
fare. Blue Plus: $60 per person fee plus difference in fare. Blue Flex:
difference in fare only for changes. Changes and cancellations made less
than 60 days from departure date: (i) Blue: fares under $100, $70 per
person plus difference in fare; fares between $100 and $149.99, $90 per
person plus difference in fare; and fares of $150 or more, $135 per
person plus difference in fare. (ii) Blue Plus: fares under $100, $60
per person plus difference in fare; fares between $100 and $149.99, $80
per person plus difference in fare; and fares of $150 or more, $120 per
person plus difference in fare. (iii) Blue Flex: difference in fare
Change/Cancel fees information. Additional Change/Cancellation
Terms (all fares): For changes, there may be a fare
adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one
year. Changes/cancellations must be made prior to scheduled departure
(otherwise all money for fare is forfeited). Proper documentation
required for boarding. Flight
terms and conditions apply.
(c) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average
fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.
(d) Fly-Fi is not available on flights operating outside of the
continental U.S. For flights originating outside of the continental
U.S., Fly-Fi will be available once the aircraft returns to the coverage
area. Fly-Fi is available on most JetBlue-operated flights, with
fleet-wide installation complete by the end of 2016.
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