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JetBlue Steps Up For Puerto Rico


JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU), the largest airline in Puerto Rico, has launched a program to support both short-term relief and long-term recovery efforts on the island in the wake of the destruction from Hurricane Maria.

The airline has outlined its commitment to launching 35 initiatives over the next 100 days to support the needs of crew members, customers, and communities in Puerto Rico. The program has been dubbed the "100X35JetBlue" to honor the popular reference to Puerto Rico's 100x35 mile size.

Immediate steps under the program include daily relief flights, capped fares, waiver of fees for bags and pets, and delivery of essential supplies.

Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer of JetBlue said, "We know 100 days is just the start, but we hope it's a start that will make a meaningful difference."

JetBlue currently operates six daily flights in Puerto Rico, but plans to add more flights as infrastructure allows.

Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, the airline has donated $1 million in supplies, airlifted more than 3,000 customers over 21 flights from San Juan and Aguadilla through September 27, and transported more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to the island.

In addition, the airline is offering seats on its non-stop flights to and from Puerto Rico at reduced fares through November 15, 2017.

The airline has set pricing for flights to and from the U.S. mainland at $135. Fares are capped at $129 for the flights to and from Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands.

JetBlue has also waived fees for two checked bags on travel to and from Puerto Rico for new bookings made from September 25, while fees for carrying pets is waived until November 15.

JetBlue is partnering with NGO Global Giving to raise $1 million by matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 through November 15.

The airline said it will invite monetary donations from customers on board all its flights for its campaign at GlobalGiving that will benefit hurricane-impacted areas throughout the U.S. and Caribbean.

JetBlue has also pledged to support efforts to replenish the island's vegetation and rebuild airport facilities.

Further, it will provide support for children through education grants via the JetBlue Foundation, provide gifts and meals throughout the holiday season, and also offer advertising space to promote tourism to Puerto Rico.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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