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JetBlue partners with School of Aeronautics at Puerto Rico's IAU

New York-based low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) said it has forged a new partnership with Inter-American University (IAU) of Puerto Rico School of Aeronautics.

IAU is the latest academic addition to JetBlue´s University Gateway programme, a pilot talent pipeline in conjunction with university aviation programs and regional airlines. IAU is the airline´s first school partnership in the Caribbean.

JetBlue´s University Gateway programme is a career-planning and mentoring initiative designed to identify and recruit talented professionals into the pilot ranks.

Through academic training and regional airline experience, the University Gateway programme creates a clearly defined career path for aspiring pilots, beginning early in an aviator´s college career and culminating with the possibility of a final interview at JetBlue.

IAU joins JetBlue´s current roster of colleges and universities which includes Auburn University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Jacksonville University and the University of North Dakota. The airline also partners with Massachusetts-based Cape Air as a regional airline partner, giving University Gateway participants valuable flying experience prior to interviewing at JetBlue.

The University Gateway programme is open to students at participating schools with high academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or above) and recommendations from their professors. It requires a successful series of interviews with JetBlue and a regional airline partner, as well as continued enrollment in an Aviation Accreditation Board International program.

JetBlue carries 29m customers a year to 79 cities in the US, Caribbean and Latin America with more than 700 daily flights.

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