JetBlue announced Monday it is further expanding its presence between the Empire State and California by launching daily non-stop service between Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The announcement was made at the airport in Buffalo by JetBlue President and CEO Robin Hayes and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.
The new service begins Thursday, June 16, 2016 and will operate year-round. Seats are on sale now with introductory fares starting at $99. Travel must be booked by the end of today (2/2/16).
JetBlue’s announcement comes as the airline prepares to mark the 16th anniversary of its first flight which departed from Buffalo. Today, JetBlue serves nine markets in California nonstop from New York, three times more than any other airline from the Empire State and when the new Buffalo-Los Angeles route takes off JetBlue will operate three dozen unique transcontinental routes. It will also be the only airline to operate a nonstop flight between upstate New York and California, bringing added convenience and value to customers in both regions.
“It’s a terrific day for both Buffalo and JetBlue,” said Robin Hayes president and CEO, JetBlue. “Connecting our inaugural JetBlue city in upstate New York to the West Coast with a nonstop flight further demonstrates our commitment to The Empire State and dedication to entering markets where our customers want us to fly.”
Flight Schedule Between Buffalo (BUF) and Los Angeles (LAX)
Beginning June 16, 2016
BUF – LAX Flight #491
6:40 p.m. – 9:06 p.m.
LAX – BUF Flight #492
10:09 p.m. – 6:05 a.m. +1
In May 2013, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited Western New York to make his case to JetBlue. During his visit, he urged the company to meet with the NFTA in order to map out the plan for a direct Buffalo flight to one of the three airports they service in the LA Basin – Los Angeles International (LAX), Long Beach Municipal (LGB), or Hollywood-Burbank (BUR). Schumer said making this service a reality would increase flight options for Buffalo travelers, as well as attract additional leisure and business visitors to Buffalo’s hotels, restaurants, businesses, and serve as an additional resource to use when attracting new companies to the Buffalo area.
“In 2013, I asked JetBlue to add this flight, knowing it would be a game changer for regional tourism in Western New York, and I am now thrilled the airline has heeded our call. As New York’s Hometown Airline, JetBlue continues to grow its presence and service within New York State, and I appreciate their commitment to this region,” said Senator Schumer.
In December JetBlue started service in Albany and last month added additional service from Syracuse. JetBlue also serves airports in Newburgh, Rochester, and Westchester County, as well as New York’s LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. From JetBlue’s largest base of operations at JFK’s award-winning Terminal 5 the airline operates non-stop flights to 70 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
JetBlue also recently announced a restyling program for its fleet of Airbus A320 cabins. This marks JetBlue’s first complete redesign of the interiors on its A320 fleet since it launched in 2000.
It will become the first domestic airline to launch an inflight entertainment system that connects the much-loved seatback television to the aircraft’s Wi-Fi Internet connection for customer use.
The A320 cabin will closely follow JetBlue’s A321 cabin design, introduced in 2014. The cabin’s design and features have quickly earned accolades from customers who walk onto the aircraft surprised to see the new JetBlue look. Key features include:
• The most legroom in coach* and the widest seat available for a narrow body aircraft so that customers enjoy great personal space while traveling.
• Sleek ergonomic B/E Aerospace Pinnacle seats, great for long-haul or short-haul travel, which offer better comfort though its patented comfort suspension system.
• Moveable headrests that slide up, down and wrap around.
• LED cabin lighting and a modern interior color palette that makes the cabin experience more stylish and more comfortable.