JetBlue Airways Reports August Traffic

NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq:JBLU) reported today that its traffic in August increased 1.9 percent from August 2007, on a capacity increase of 1.2 percent.

Load factor for August 2008 was 87.1 percent, an increase of 0.7 points from August 2007. JetBlue's preliminary completion factor was 96.8 percent and its on-time (1) performance was 64.7 percent. JetBlue's preliminary passenger revenue per available seat mile for the month of August increased 12 percent year over year.


                                 August 2008   August 2007   % Change

 Revenue passenger miles (000)     2,562,297     2,514,727     1.9%
 Available seat miles (000)        2,943,014     2,909,016     1.2%
 Load factor                            87.1%         86.4%    0.7 pts.
 Revenue passengers                2,106,670     2,025,331     4.0%
 Departures                           18,211        17,430     4.5%
 Average stage length                  1,147         1,163    (1.4)%

                                  Y-T-D 2008    Y-T-D 2007   % Change

 Revenue passenger miles (000)    18,418,947    17,688,629     4.1%
 Available seat miles (000)       22,652,545    21,217,151     6.8%
 Load factor                            81.3%         83.4%   (2.1) pts.
 Revenue passengers               15,365,574    14,718,157     4.4%
 Departures                          140,803       130,609     7.8%
 Average stage length                  1,138         1,126     1.1%

 (1) The U.S. Department of Transportation considers on-time arrivals
 to be those domestic flights arriving within 14 minutes of schedule.

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