Jetblue Airlines, By Utah Entrepreneur David Needleman

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The airline currently known as JetBlue airlines was created in 1999 by Utah entrepreneur David Needleman with the goal of bringing humanity back to the airline industry. Needleman started an innovative airline called Morris Air, and was the first airline to successfully utilize a ticketless reservation system, and the basic structure was to provide consumers with excellent service but low fares. This airline reported making over 20 million in profits in 2003, but decided to sell this new airline to Southwest airlines, and signed a five year no competition agreement (JetBlue airlines, 2008). The design of the new JetBlue airline would use aircraft with one cabin class, and incorporate an in flight entertainment system with over 24 satellite television channels and web services, as well as movies in the headrest of every seat. The choice was also made not to serve meals, but offer gourmet chips and refreshments. The cabin also offers larger leather seats with increased legroom, larger overhead bins, and JetBlue was one of the first airlines to convert to a cashless system for drinks and food. The company began flying in 2000, with only two leased Airbus A320’s, and its first route was from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The airline was given 75 takeoff slots in JFK airport, and has been working there way up to one of the most successful airlines. The airlines goals were to beat their competitors by 65%, and increase the positive

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