JetBlue Airways Reports October Traffic

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq:JBLU) reported today that its traffic in October decreased 5.4 percent from October 2007, on a capacity decrease of 11.1 percent.

Load factor for October 2008 was 80.7 percent, an increase of 4.8 points from October 2007. JetBlue's preliminary completion factor was 99.7 percent, and its on-time (1) performance was 86.8 percent. JetBlue's preliminary passenger revenue per available seat mile for the month of October increased 28 percent year over year.


                             October 2008   October 2007     % Change
 Revenue passenger
  miles (000)                    1,882,211     1,989,036          -5.4%
 Available seat miles (000)      2,331,569     2,621,410         -11.1%
 Load factor                         80.7%         75.9%     4.8 points
 Revenue passengers              1,606,354     1,627,853          -1.3%
 Departures                         15,405        16,004          -3.7%
 Average stage length                1,076         1,150          -6.4%

                               Y-T-D 2008     Y-T-D 2007     % Change
 Revenue passenger miles
  (000)                         22,049,651     21,514,576          2.5%
 Available seat miles (000)     27,263,149     26,412,346          3.2%
 Load factor                         80.9%          81.5%   -0.6 points
 Revenue passengers             18,418,512     17,833,958          3.3%
 Departures                        171,031        162,324          5.4%
 Average stage length                1,129          1,130         -0.1%

 (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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