JetBlue Orders 65 More Airbus A320's, With Options For 50 More
(April 24, 2003) -- While some Americans fume at France and advocate a boycott of French products in response to that government's actions toward the U.S. on Iraq, JetBlue Airways Corporation has placed an order to purchase 65 new Airbus A320 aircraft...with options for a further 50 new aircraft.
A JetBlue written release never mentions the word "France"...even though Airbus is described on the Airbus web site as an EADS joint Company with BAE SYSTEMS based in Toulouse, France and incorporated under French law.
JetBlue's release states in pertinent part:
The newly ordered aircraft will be delivered starting in 2004 and running through 2011. In addition to the 41 aircraft already in service, JetBlue already had 46 A320s on firm order. With today's order for up to 115 additional aircraft, JetBlue's fleet could grow to as many as 202 A320 jetliners by 2012...
In its release, JetBlue CEO David Neeleman is quoted as saying:
"In the post-September 11th environment and the market complexities that have resulted, it is more critical than ever for the hard-hit U.S. airline industry to rebound. The best way for JetBlue to take part in this process is through controlled growth with safe, economical and comfortable aircraft. We're confident these newly ordered aircraft will continue to please our Customers, Crewmembers and investors alike."
JetBlue's release says that according to Airbus, "each new order for Airbus aircraft means a boost to the U.S. economy, as Airbus spends some 40 percent of its procurement budget with hundreds of suppliers in more than 40 U.S. states. In 2002 alone, Airbus spent $5.5 billion in U.S. contracts - more than it spent in any other country. Using U.S. Department of Commerce figures, that dollar amount translates into Airbus support of 120,000 American jobs."