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Old 03-10-2007, 06:57 PM
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JetBlue Names Russell Chew Chief Operating Officer
NEW YORK, March 7, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today announces Russell G. (Russ) Chew has agreed to join JetBlue as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective March 19. Mr. Chew joins JetBlue after four years with the Federal Aviation Administration as Chief Operating Officer, and 17 years with American Airlines as Managing Director of its System Operations Center.

"We are very pleased to have Russ join our team," said David Neeleman, JetBlue's Founder and CEO. "Russ brings a wealth of industry and government experience that will help lead JetBlue into a new era of customer service, comfort and operational reliability. Our leadership team is strengthened, and will better serve JetBlue's 11,000 crewmembers as we continue to grow our airline."

Mr. Chew will be responsible for the airline's safe and reliable operations of 550 daily flights to 50 cities in six countries, leading JetBlue's Airports, Operational Planning, System Operations Center, Flight Operations, Technical Operations, Inflight Service, and Safety departments.

"JetBlue truly is a remarkable customer service company, with an impressive track record of earning customers' loyalty through friendly service and low fares," Mr. Chew said. "I look forward to meeting the JetBlue crewmembers who made this success possible, and serving their needs so that they may continue to provide the best service to our customers."

Mr. Chew will report to Dave Barger, JetBlue's President. "We are excited to have Russ join JetBlue's Executive Leadership team, with his experience managing the system operations center for the world's largest airline, and also overseeing the world's most heavily traveled air system as COO of the FAA," Mr. Barger said. "As our airline grows into new markets, it is even more important to keep one eye on the future while making sure today's customers and our crewmembers are well served with reliable and comfortable flights, the foundation of the JetBlue Experience."

Mr. Chew served as Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration from 2003 until February of this year, after 17 years with American Airlines in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including Managing Director of the world's largest airline's System Operations Center and Strategic Operations Planning. A native of Los Angeles, California, Chew attended Stanford University for his undergraduate studies and earned his doctoral degree at the University of Southern California.

JetBlue Airways is focused on creating a new airline category -- an airline that offers value, service and style. Based in New York City, and now in its eighth year, the low-cost carrier currently serves 50 destinations with more than 550 flights daily. JetBlue has the most legroom in coach (a) and is America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful compensation for customers inconvenienced by flight delays or cancellations (b). In addition to its signature seatback personal television service (c), the low-fare, high-value airline offers customers generous brand name snacks and beverages, including freshly brewed Dunkin' Donuts(r) coffee, and delicious wines selected by the airline's Low Fare Sommelier, Josh Wesson from Best Cellars(r). 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 www.jetblue.com.
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Best of luck, you can watch that A** Hole tear apart JBU, you should be begging your bosses to get rid of him. Russ helped screw AA over then came over to the FAA and ruined our Labor Relations between the controllers and management, bails out of the FAA before it gets to nasty for him and now it looks like hes coming to screw you all.
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Looks like "the Needle" hired a hit man. Perhaps his mission is to eliminate the Airbus pay rates and drop everyone to EMB-scale.
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Looks like "the Needle" hired a hit man. Perhaps his mission is to eliminate the Airbus pay rates and drop everyone to EMB-scale.
That is plain stupid to think that. Unions are popping up at JB and Chewey is the type of goon you hire to squash them. He sure wasn't hired on his abilities or record. This guy running things is sure to ignite the masses into full on union drives. Way to go Neeleman.
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Originally Posted by Velocipede View Post
Looks like "the Needle" hired a hit man. Perhaps his mission is to eliminate the Airbus pay rates and drop everyone to EMB-scale.
How much more can you drop them before flight instructing is a step up??
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How much more can you drop them before flight instructing is a step up??
About $90-$100 an hour it seems.
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Yup...I have to admit. It is time for Neeleman to go. I wish that Dave Barger were CEO of Jetblue.
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