JetBlue Airways (NasdaqGS:JBLU – News) announced the appointment of Chief Operating Officer Russ Chew to President.
NEW YORK — With his added responsibilities as President, Mr. Chew will work directly with Chief Executive Officer Dave Barger to execute the Company’s vision and strategic plan.
„Since Russ joined our team, we have established the right foundation for continuous improvement,“ said Mr. Barger. „Russ will help lead our efforts to develop JetBlue’s long-term business strategy that values our culture and takes full advantage of our financial opportunities.“
„I am honored to take on this additional responsibility,“ Mr. Chew said. „JetBlue has incredible talent and vision, and bringing that vision to life for our customers and crewmembers, especially in today’s competitive and operational environment, will depend on our ability to set the right course for our future. JetBlue crewmembers have demonstrated their unique ability to tackle challenges, especially when given the right tools and resources, while staying true to our company’s values. I am committed to serving our crewmembers so they may continue to serve our customers with signature JetBlue service.“
Mr. Chew joined JetBlue after four years with the Federal Aviation Administration as Chief Operating Officer, following a 17-year career with American Airlines in their Operations and Planning units.
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers the most legroom throughout coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines). JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit http://www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 54 cities with up to 575 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit http://www.jetblue.com.
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