December 26, 2010 by USA Post
“During the peak days, we will use more than one trip a day,” said CEO Dave Barger of JetBlue, after a news conference at the airport in Martha’s Vineyard.
Air service between the island and the John F. Kennedy Airport is to start the Memorial Day weekend and run until at least Labor Day, with the possibility to continue the service through Columbus Day. Schedules and fares for the new service will be available in January. Tickets go on sale Jan. 11.
Ticket prices would be similar to JetBlue fares from JFK to Nantucket, Mr. Barger said. “Price points, you know, and 99 in terms of price promotions, but something that is very reasonable compared to, I think that price tends to be.”
JetBlue began nonstop service between Nantucket and New York in 2007 with the launch special of $ 49 each way in late spring.
Team Cape Air will fully manage the operations of the Martha’s Vineyard for JetBlue as they Nantucket, Mr. Barger said.
Cape Air CEO Dan Wolf was more cautious on prices at the joint press conference yesterday. “When you look at the prices in markets such as [Vine], people need to take into account the challenges and costs, increasing power and deceleration and seasonality, and that’s all included in the price.
“So the prices will not be as cheap as you could ask them to be some other destinations, and I think there should be a heads up because we have to manage expectations,” said Wolf, also from Cape Town to elect a senator from the state of the islands, adding:
“But I think they are very reasonable in Nantucket, and I think you’ll find that too.”
Cape Air will continue its seasonal service between vineyards and White Plains, NY, said Mr. Wolf.
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce Nancy Gardella chief called the decision “very, very big.
“This opens the market power to third place in the vineyard,” she said, putting New York City behind Boston and the central area of Connecticut in terms of sending tourists to the island. And it opens in New York and elsewhere, for Vineyarders.
“JetBlue has an enormous range,” she said, pointing to possible links with other destinations and routes JetBlue world through Kennedy International Airport.
The vineyard is the domain of JetBlue service 66th. It began with a service from JFK to Ft Lauderdale, Florida in 2000. He is also soon to enter service in Anchorage, Alaska and the Turks and Caicos.
“The relationship that Martha’s Vineyard has the potential for growth with JetBlue is just incredible. As an industry based on tourism and the economy that we know the value of openness not only the New York market for Vineyarders and New Yorkers, but the rest of the country and the world. Flying in and out of JFK means it does not matter where people begin their journey, they now have the opportunity to get directly here with a brief stopover in New York, “said Mrs. Gardella.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to grow our economy and we are so appreciative that JetBlue is taking this chance with us and move forward with us.”
JetBlue will fly what he called “quiet and fuel efficient” Embraer 100-seat 190 jets for full-size vine, with in-flight entertainment at every seat.
Martha’s Vineyard Airport Manager Sean Flynn know he was “very impressed . . . with the environmental awareness that these two companies, “something he felt well received by travelers Vineyard.”[You can] be focused on the environment while you enjoy the luxuries that are provided by air travel,” he said.
The beginning of the press conference was delayed for an hour because the leaders of aircraft could take off from Boston Logan as expected and have resulted in Hyannis Cape Air and flew from there. Cape and Islands state representative. Tim Madden was supposed to attend, but it was Mr. Wolf reported, “To counter Cape Air Nantucket.”
Mr. Wolf said officials collected, including select, county officials and commissioners from the airport: “You do not know how lucky you are to be chosen by JetBlue JetBlue as a community and we will do everything we can to support this endeavor, “saying he did not represent a threat to Cape Air.
“I think it will do great things for this community to have JetBlue coming season,” said Wolf, adding emphatically, “and then leave at the end of the season.”
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