Saludos, Santo Domingo! JetBlue Airways Begins Daily Nonstop Service From New York to the Capital City of the Dominican Republic
Second Daily Flight Between Santo Domingo and New York Â Begins June 1 with Low-Fare Carrier Offers $115(a) Introductory Sale Fare
NEW YORK, NY (rushprnews)May 24, 2007Â — JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq:JBLU), the New York-based low-cost carrier known for providing award-winning customer service and the most live entertainment options in the skies, today begins daily nonstop service to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (D.R.) from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
Beginning June 1, the low-fare airline continues its expansion in the D.R., adding a second daily nonstop flight between the two cities.
he capital city of Santo Domingo is JetBlue’s ninth Caribbean/Atlantic destination and its second city served in the D.R., including Santiago. To celebrate its launch of service to the tropical island, the airline is offering a special $115(a) introductory sale fare each way between Santo Domingo and New York/JFK. Regular one-way fares between the two cities will start at $150(a).
“Santo Domingo is a popular destination full of history, beauty and charm, and we are excited to bring the level of service, value and style that customers have come to expect of the JetBlue Experience back to the island’s capital city,” said Dave Barger, CEO of JetBlue Airways. “With the most legroom in coach, free in-flight movies on personal seatback TVs and complimentary snack selections, our customers look forward to their JetBlue flight as much as the destination.”
“We are very excited about the return of JetBlue to Santo Domingo,” said Ken Hassard, Commercial Director for Aerodom. “JFK – SDQ is one of the most frequently traveled routes connecting the United States and the Dominican Republic, so JetBlue’s two new daily frequencies will provide travelers in both markets with more choices at a lower price. Given their pricing and reputation for excellent service, we can expect the number of passengers flying this route to increase significantly as a direct result of JetBlue’s presence.”
Santo Domingo customers can purchase travel on JetBlue by visiting its City Ticket Office, located at Oficina Boleteria on Ave Winston Churchill in Plaza Las Americas (Esq: Paseo de Locutores, Segundo Nivel Suite #Y 16-B) or by calling 1-809-200-9898. The office will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and closed on Sundays and holidays.
In addition, JetBlue’s entry into Santo Domingo marks the airline’s 24th JetBlue Getaways destination, allowing customers to book discounted vacation packages including airfare, hotel, airport transfers and/or various activities at one time, saving valuable time and money. Customers can book a JetBlue Getaways vacation package to Santo Domingo at www.jetblue.com or through the JetBlue Getaways desk by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583), option 3.
Customers traveling between the Dominican Republic and New York on JetBlue are allowed to check two bags per person free of charge. Each bag must not exceed 62 inches in overall dimensions (length plus width plus height) and can not exceed 50 pounds. Boxes and excess, overweight or oversized baggage will not be accepted to/from Santo Domingo. All baggage must be checked at least 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time and customers can check in up to four hours before the flight.
Flights to/from Santo Domingo will be operated by JetBlue’s fleet of A320 aircraft, recently modified to give the gift of industry-leading legroom between 34 and 36 inches of pitch to customers throughout the cabin. Each comfy leather seat is equipped with a personal seatback television, where customers can enjoy a selection of complimentary FOX InFlight(tm) movies when traveling outside the continental U.S.
For those customers connecting in New York to other continental U.S. cities, those flights will also include 36 channels of free, live DIRECTV(r) programming and more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio. In addition to these signature amenities, customers receive a complimentary in-flight snack service with a self-serve Snack Bar option at the rear of the aircraft. A selection of fine wines hand-picked by JetBlue’s ‘Low-Fare Sommelier,’ Joshua Wesson of Best Cellars, is available on all flights for a nominal fee.
JetBlue’s service between Santo Domingo/Las Americas International Airport and New York/JFK:
Â New York (JFK) toÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Santo Domingo (SDQ) to
Â Santo Domingo (SDQ)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â New York (JFK))
Â Depart – ArriveÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Depart – Arrive
Â 7:30 a.m. -Â 11:10 a.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 5 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (begins June 2)
Â 11:55 p.m. – 3:50 a.m.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 12:05 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Â (begins June 1)
JetBlue customers enrolled in the airline’s customer loyalty program, TrueBlue, will earn six TrueBlue points each way between Santo Domingo and New York, with double points awarded for travel purchased online at www.jetblue.com. Customers can earn TrueBlue points even faster by using the JetBlue Card from American Express. Every time cardholders purchase JetBlue travel with the Card, or earn at least one TrueBlue point through other purchasing using the Card, all TrueBlue points in the member’s account automatically extend for another 12 months.
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers the most legroom throughout coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines). JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 53 cities with up to 575 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit www.jetblue.com.
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(a) All fares are subject to change without notice. Fares require up to a 7-day advance purchase. Sale fare must be booked by May 26, 2007, 11:59 PM MDT; travel must be completed by June 20, 2007. Sale fare may not be available on all days or on all flights. Sale fares are most often found on midweek travel dates. All fares must be purchased at time of reservation, and are one-way, nonrefundable, and nontransferable. Cancellations and changes can be made prior to scheduled departure for $30 at 1-800-JETBLUE (1-200-9898 if located in the Dominican Republic) or at jetblue.com, with applicable fare adjustment. Cancellations are for a JetBlue travel credit only, which is valid for one year. If a reservation is not changed or canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with the reservation is forfeited. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.40 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. International fares also do not include government fees and taxes of up to $72.05 each way. All taxes and fees must be paid at the time of purchase. JetBlue reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without proper documentation. Other restrictions apply.
JetBlue’s 36 channels of DIRECTV(r) service is not available on flights outside the continental United States; however, where applicable, FOX InFlight(tm) is offered complimentary on these routes. FOX InFlight(tm) is a trademark of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. JetBlue’s in-flight entertainment is powered by LiveTV, a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue.
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