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JetBlue Expands Service to Cuba from Boston and Florida

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JetBlue announced Tuesday it was expanding and diversifying its flight schedule to Havana, Cuba.

Starting November 10, JetBlue will operate Saturday service between Boston Logan International Airport and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, making it the only airline to offer nonstop service between New England and Cuba.

Seats are now on sale with an introductory fare of $129 one way.

The carrier will also add an additional flight between Fort Lauderdale and Havana which will operate Sunday through Friday, complimenting afternoon departures from Fort Lauderdale and new evening flights from Havana.

In addition to Havana, JetBlue also serves three other Cuban cities with daily service from Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, including Santa Clara, Camaguey and Holguin.

“As the first airline to operate commercial service between the U.S. and Cuba, we are proud to celebrate another first as the only carrier to serve Havana from Boston while also growing our successful service in Fort Lauderdale,” JetBlue vice president John Checketts said in a statement. “JetBlue will operate more than 50 weekly flights between the U.S. and Cuba from every one of our east coast focus cities.”

Travelers heading to Cuba with JetBlue will be able to enjoy features and amenities such as the most legroom in coach, free snacks and soft drinks, in-flight Wi-Fi, live DIRECTV programming and 100 channels of SiriusXM radio in every seatback.

To qualify for travel with JetBlue to Cuba, U.S. citizens must be authorized under the government’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations and certify that they qualified for one of the twelve approved travel categories outlined by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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United Puts Financial Losses Into Shocking Perspective

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With the demand for travel at an all-time low thanks to stay-at-home directives and severe travel restrictions, United Airlines on Thursday put the industry’s financial losses into a stark perspective.

According to the aviation blog The Points Guy, which had privy to view a virtual town hall held by the carrier, United is losing “over $100 million a day” due to the impact of the coronavirus global pandemic, United president Scott Kirby said.

Kirby conducted the town hall along with current CEO Oscar Munoz, who is stepping down in favor of Kirby later this year.

As The Points Guy pointed out, United cut almost 70 percent of its schedule in April with further cuts likely for May—as all airlines have. In fact, predictions going forward are dire. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said they expect airlines to lose a collective $61 billion in the second quarter of this year (April, May and June).

United said it will pursue some of the $25 billion in grants available for employee compensation from the U.S. government stimulus package, as well as consider whether to apply for some of the $25 billion in loans. But this is all uncharted territory for the industry, even after the financial devastation from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“One of the lessons from this is, our stress test from 9/11 wasn’t stressful enough,” Kirby said in reference to United’s preparations and need for cash to keep operating.

United has not decided whether to permanently retire any jets as a result of the coronavirus, according to The Points Guy.

“If we want to emerge stronger, if we want to emerge the world’s leading airline on the other side of this, we have to have flexibility,” he said.

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