Before the first departure from Boston to Nashville, a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony took place to inaugurate the service. Witnessing “Dolly Parton” carrying out the proceedings, along with JetBlue Airways crew members are: Yil Surehan, Director, Airline Route Development, MassPort; Trudy Carson, Director Air Service Development, Nashville Airport; and Jamie Perry, VP Brand and Product, JetBlue Airways (far right).
Strumming his stuff on the Nashville guitar at JetBlue Airways’ latest destination is Jamie Perry, VP Brand and Product, JetBlue Airways, while being watched over by Rob Wigington, CEO Nashville Airport, as well as airport board members. The Tennessee airport also celebrated the launch with a superb traditional route launch cake which highlights the carrier’s new routes as well as Tennessee’s heritage. Services to Boston will operate double-daily, while Fort Lauderdale rotations will occur daily.
- JetBlue Airways commenced services to its latest destination on 5 May, Nashville (BNA). The carrier inaugurated double-daily services on the 1,513-kilometre link from Boston (BOS), and daily services on the 1,276-kilometre city pair with Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Both routes will be flown by the airline’s A320 fleet. Rob Wigington CEO Nashville Airport commented on the arrival of the facility’s latest carrier by saying: “JetBlue is known around the world for its unique brand and keen focus on customer service. We are delighted to welcome them to Nashville Airport and introduce its services to Boston and Fort Lauderdale. The Nashville Airport Authority is working constantly to bring more non-stop service and new destinations to Nashville and Middle Tennessee to better serve our growing region and visitors.” Both Boston and Fort Lauderdale services will face direct competition from Southwest Airlines, with each connection seeing the LCC operating 20 weekly competing services according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. JetBlue Airways also commenced a third route on 5 May, linking Fort Lauderdale with Aguadilla (BQN) in Puerto Rico. The 1,580-kilometre link will be served by the airline daily onboard A320s, with the airport pair facing incumbent Spirit Airlines which operates a five times weekly frequency.