Hometown airline and fan-favorite JetBlue Airways turned its classic blue livery green on its first specially painted Airbus A320 aircraft in honor of the New York Jets on its turf at Hangar 81 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The newly branded aircraft was revealed by CEO Dave Barger and NY Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, together with Curtis Martin, Emerson Boozer and other Jets alumni players, the Jets Flight Crew and hundreds of the airline’s crewmembers.
“The synergies between the Jets and JetBlue are core to what it means to be a part of this great city,” said JetBlue CEO Dave Barger.
“When we partnered with JetBlue, we were excited about their commitment and desire to be creative and innovative,” said Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson. “This plane takes our partnership to a new level and new heights, both literally and figuratively. We are looking forward to not only seeing our Jets jet in the skies around the New York region, but across the country and around the globe.”
Designed by T.J. McCormick, JetBlue’s general manager of brand design, the Airbus A320 interchanges blue for green, featuring a green belly, green wing tips and a green tail, with large green JETS lettering across the fuselage and a football helmet towards the rear of the aircraft.
In place of a characteristic ‘blue’ name featured under the cockpit of each aircraft, this plane features the airline’s co-branded trademark with New York State’s iconic tourism campaign and logo, I LOVE NEW YORK, solidifying the carrier’s status as the official hometown airline of New York.
Last Monday, a flight attendant of a JetBlue Embraer 190bolted from the plane by deploying and sliding down the inflatable emergency chute after being upset from a dispute with a passenger.
Steven Slater, 38, the said flight attendant, quarreled with a passenger fiddling with his language after landing but before the plane came to a complete stop. He swore over the public address before opening a door, inflating the chute and sliding down.
Jet BlueEmbraer 190 Flight 1052 took off from Pittsburgh around 10:30 a.m. and landed in New York at noon. With about 100 passengers preparing to deplane, Slater got into a verbal argument over some luggage that had fallen out of an overhead compartment and hit him. A source close to the investigation says Slater then took the plane’s PA system and told the entire cabin to “go f*$# yourselves,” at which point he proceeded to activate the emergency exit slide.
Slater ran from the tarmac, got into his car and drove to a nearby residence in Belle Harbor, Queens. He will likely be charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief according to a spokesman for the Port Authority police. The Queens District Attorney is preparing formal charges against the frustrated flight attendant.
It’s not clear how Slater was able to make it all the way from the inflatable exit slide to the employee parking lot without being stopped by airport security. A source close to the investigation says Jet Blue company managers failed to immediately report the incident.
In a statement, Jet Blue insisted passengers and crew were never at risk and the airline is working with the FAA and Port Authority to investigate the Embraer 190 Flight 1052 incident.
“After years of development with some of the world’s best aerospace engineers and industrial designers, ICON Aircraft has released the first of its line of sport planes, the ICON A5. The A5 is a bold yet elegant design that communicates beauty, performance, safety, and most importantly… fun.” To help Jet Blue celebrate their 10-year anniversary, the ICON A5 is on display through the end of April at JetBlue’s JFK Terminal 5 as an “icon” of aviation innovation. This is a “bite-sized private jet” with folding wings that can take off and land on water or on runway.
Its max speed is 120 mph and its max distance is 345 miles. ICON believes that consumer-focused sport aircraft can do for recreational flying what personal watercraft did for boating.