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JetBlue ups Barbados flights

New York-based low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) said it plans to serve New York/JFK to Bridgetown Barbados with daily Airbus A321 service adding up to 580 seats per week each way, starting December 19, 2013.

Additionally, JetBlue has filed to offer more capacity to Barbados during peak holiday times, including president´s Day and Easter, subject to receipt of government approval. Both the daily A321 flights and additional peak holiday flights are now available for sale on the carrier´s website.

JetBlue said it expects to meet peak winter holiday demand by deploying brand new A321 aircraft on the route starting December 19, 2013. These aircraft will be fresh from the Airbus factory and will not initially have LiveTV programming (television, movies or radio) available.

As a new aircraft to the JetBlue fleet, the A321 must receive a supplemental type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration before JetBlue can install and activate the airline´s signature entertainment on all A321s. The certification timeline may be impacted by the partial US government shut down.

JetBlue anticipates offering LiveTV´s full suite of entertainment on the first A321 aircraft by April 2014 (a). Per the airline´s policy, all customers on aircraft without functioning inflight entertainment will receive a USD 15 travel certificate credit per flight, valid for one year, to apply to future JetBlue travel.

The carrier´s fleet totals 189 aircraft, comprising 130 Airbus A320s and 59 Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) E190s. Upcoming destinations include Savannah, Ga.; Worcester, Mass.; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; and Lima, Peru, subject to receipt of government approval.

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