JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU), the largest airline in Puerto Rico, has announced a multifaceted program to support both short-term relief and long-term recovery efforts on the island following the destruction from Hurricane Maria, the company said.
100x35JetBlue outlines the airline´s commitment to launching 35 initiatives over the next 100 days — and beyond — to support the needs of crewmembers, customers, and communities in Puerto Rico.
Honoring the popular reference to Puerto Rico´s 100×35 mile size, the effort will roll out programs across the island to provide airlift support, relief pricing, awareness and fundraising, people deployment, unmet needs, and rebuilding efforts.
JetBlue is currently operating six daily flights in Puerto Rico with more to come as infrastructure allows. Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, JetBlue has continued to serve those in Puerto Rico by donating USD 1 million in supplies, airlifting more than 3,000 customers over 21 flights from San Juan and Aguadilla through Sept. 27, and transporting more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to the island. JetBlue´s support has also touched hurricane-impacted areas across the Caribbean, South Florida, and Texas.
The airline will invite customers onboard every JetBlue flight to donate to JetBlue´s campaign at GlobalGiving benefitting hurricane impacted areas throughout the US and Caribbean, with a USD 1 million goal. Customers can also contribute at GlobalGiving.org/jetblue. JetBlue has committed to match donations to its GlobalGiving campaign dollar-for-dollar up to USD 500,000 through Nov. 15.
GlobalGiving will distribute the funds to non-profits making an impact in hurricane-affected areas. As we continue to serve these areas, we expect to adapt funding initiatives to ensure we´re meeting the needs as are communicated from partners on the ground.
As the largest airline on the island, with nearly 500 crewmembers, service to three airports, and a focus city in San Juan, JetBlue is committed to working with government agencies, non-profit organizations and partners to support long-term rebuilding efforts.
JetBlue is pledging to support replenishing vegetation across the island; providing support for children; partnering with community leaders to raise awareness; providing gifts and meals throughout the holiday season; and offering advertising space to promote tourism to Puerto Rico.
JetBlue is New York´s Hometown Airlineâ¢ and a carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America, with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information, visit jetblue.com.