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JetBlue Airways Takes Flight to Charleston, South Carolina
For Immediate Release, February 2013
JetBlue Airways Takes Flight to Charleston, South Carolina!
-- Twice daily flights from New York/JFK and daily service from Boston to Charleston International Airport begin today --
-- Customers can book sale fares from $79 one way from New York's JFK or $140 from Boston today through March 10 at www.jetblue.com/new for travel between March 19 and May 22, 2013 (blackout dates apply) (a) --
NEW YORK and BOSTON (February 28, 2013) JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) launches service to its 76th city, Charleston, South Carolina. Starting today, JetBlue will serve Charleston International Airport (CHS) with twice daily nonstop service from New Yorks John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and a daily flight from Bostons Logan (BOS).
To celebrate the airline's 76th destination, today through March 10, flights to Charleston from New York are on sale from $79 one way and from Boston from $140 one way for travel between March 19 and May 22, 2013 (blackout dates apply) (a). JetBlues entrance to South Carolina has been met by such strong reception from the people of Charleston that the airline recently announced plans to add a second flight from Boston, with Saturday weekly service beginning April 6, 2013.
In addition, as part of this special sale offer, JetBlue Getaways, the airlines vacation package service, is offering three-night stays in Charleston from New York (JFK) for just $299 per person or from Boston for $429 per person (b). JetBlue Getaways provides customers with added convenience by bundling flights and hotels with car rentals and other amenities and activities. Customers enjoy access to Concierge On Call, the airline's complimentary around-the-clock vacation assistance line to answer questions, and make recommendations, dinner reservations, tee times and more. More information can be found at http://www.jetblue.com/vacations/.
Charlestons unique charm and the hospitality of its people make for a perfect partnership with the excellent customer experience that we deliver, said JetBlues Chief Operating Officer Rob Maruster. We couldnt be more excited about adding Charleston to our growing network, and we look forward to connecting our newest city to New York and Boston with the best product and service in the skies.
The skies over Charleston are a little Bluer today and our future horizons are even brighter, said House Speaker Bobby Harrell. JetBlue has built their company on a foundation of quality and excellence, providing outstanding service by focusing on the needs of its customers. JetBlue will greatly benefit by providing these new markets with nonstop service to the worlds top tourist destination and will soon realize that the locals theyre hiring as new JetBlue Crewmembers are some of the most dedicated and hardest working employees in the industry.
Speaker Harrell added, The addition of yet another top-notch airline servicing the Charleston Region, and the 100,000 new annual airline seats JetBlue brings, gives us a real reason to celebrate. From a relationship that grew over several recruiting trips by folks like Helen Hill and the Charleston Visitors Bureau, it is an honor to now welcome the leadership team at JetBlue and we thank them and all our local leaders who came together to make today a reality.
Welcoming JetBlue to Charleston is truly a moment to savor," says Wild Dunes Resort Managing Director and Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Chairman Frank Fredericks. "As an airline, JetBlue is committed to providing a safe experience, competitive pricing, and superior customer service. As a community partner, JetBlue has already demonstrated its commitment to serving the Charleston area by signing on as the Official Airline of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. We can now, thanks to JetBlue's daily service to the Charleston International Airport, say that Charleston has blue in its sky 365 days a year," says Fredericks.
JetBlue is the proud Official Airline of The Charleston Wine + Food Festival®, a celebration of Charlestons culinary excellence and renowned culture, which kicks off today, February 28, 2013. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people, the Charleston area has been named both Top U.S. City and Top Destination in the World by Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers Choice Awards. With a variety of art and culture, prime beach and golf resorts, fine dining and shopping, and charming architecture and southern hospitality, Charleston is a perfect year-round vacation destination and JetBlue is the perfect airline to get you there.
JetBlue's schedule between New York and Charleston:
JFK to CHS: CHS to JFK:
Depart - Arrive Depart - Arrive
- First flight operates daily beginning Feb. 28 , 2013 - - * Second flight operates weekly on Saturdays beginning Apr. 6, 2013 - - All times local -
JetBlue's flights from Charleston will be operated with its 100-seat Embraer E190 fleet complete with award-winning service; convenient, assigned, comfy leather seating (with no middle seat); a first-checked bag free (c); more than 140 channels of complimentary live television and radio on personal seatback screens (d); and more legroom than any other carrier in coach (e). The airline, well-known for its superior and personable customer service, also offers a free and unlimited assortment of name brand snacks and drinks for the ride.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles (Long Beach), San Juan and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free inflight entertainment as much as its low fares JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 76 cities with 750 daily flights and plans to launch service to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2013, as well as Medellin, Colombia, subject to receipt of government operating authority. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information call 1-800-538-2583 (TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530), or visit www.jetblue.com.
(a) Fares include government taxes/fees and must be purchased by 3/10/13 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local) for flights between New York, NY (JFK) and Charleston, SC (CHS) on Tuesday and Wednesday only between 3/19/13 5/22/13 (blackout dates 3/21/13 4/3/13) and Boston, MA (BOS) and Charleston, SC (CHS) on Tuesday and Wednesday only between 3/19/13 5/22/13 (blackout dates 4/9/13 4/25/13). 14-day advance purchase required. Fares vary by route. Fares are subject to availability; may not be available on all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and are one-way, nonstop, nonrefundable and nontransferable. Reservations made one week or more prior to a flights scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. First checked bag is free (weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marked or operated by other airlines apply). Fares do not include fees for oversized/overweight/extra baggage or other fees for products/services sold separately. To view baggage fees and other optional services and fees, click here. $20 fee per person applies to fares (not Award flights) purchased by phone or at an airport or ticket office. Cancellations/changes must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited); $100 change/cancel fee per person will apply, and for changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply.
(b) Package prices are per person, based on double occupancy, must be purchased by 3/10/13 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local), and are valid for packages that include specific flights included in this Charleston sale. (Flights on Tues. and Wed. only between 3/19/2013 and 5/22/2013; Blackout Dates: 4/9/2013 4/25/2013 for packages from BOS and 3/21/2013 4/3/2013 for packages from JFK. 14-day advance purchase required). Prices shown are sample package prices found 2/25/2013 on jetblue.com/getaways for travel departing JFK and BOS, respectively, on 3/19, 4/22 & 5/15/2013 for a 3-night stay at Holiday Inn Express in Charleston, SC; sample prices may not represent current savings. Prices include hotel rates, hotel taxes, roundtrip airfare, and government taxes/fees applicable to airfare based on specified departure cities. Prices will vary for other departure cities. Packages/prices subject to availability; may change without notice; valid for new bookings only; capacity controlled; may not be available on all dates or with all flights; and may be restricted to certain hotel room categories. Prices do not include fees for oversized/overweight/extra baggage or charges for products/services sold separately or not expressly included in package (such as airport transfers, resort fees, etc.). For JetBlue Optional Services and Fees (incl. baggage fees) for flights, click here. Packages must be purchased at time of reservation and are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Changes/cancellations must be in accordance with JetBlue and hotel policies. JetBlue requires changes/cancellations to be made prior to scheduled departure, otherwise all money for package will be forfeited; $100 change/cancel fee per person applies. For packages booked by June. 30, 2013, JetBlue will waive the $100 change fee for the first change to a Getaways package; cancellation fee still applies. Hotel change/cancel policies and fees apply, vary by property, and may be more restrictive than the JetBlue policy. Call 1-800-JETBLUE, option 3 for the specific change/cancellation policies and fees that apply to a particular package. For changes, there may be an increase in package price. Valid cancellations are for Getaways credit only, valid for 1 year. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply. See Getaways Terms & Conditions for details.
(c) Weight and size limits apply. Bag fee may apply to itineraries including flights operated or marketed by other airlines.
(d) Live satellite TV and radio programming is not available on flights outside the continental U.S.
(e) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.