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May 25, 2024
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JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes is “very confident” that his airline will get slots for the 2024 summer season at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The US carrier has only guaranteed slots for the remainder of this summer season and the upcoming winter season through late March but hopes to keep Amsterdam on the schedule after that. JetBlue operated its first service from New York to Amsterdam today. AirInsight was there to welcome the flight.

Hayes and other JetBlue management were among the passengers of the full flight B6 2288 that departed New York JFK on Tuesday at 8.40 pm local time and landed at Schiphol at 9.15 am local time after a 6 hour 35 minutes flight. At the request of the airline, there was no water salute, but the rain showers made up for that. The return flight B6 2289 departed Schiphol at 1.35 pm each day, which is operated by the Airbus A321LR with 24 Mint suites and 114 Core/Economy seats. Wednesday’s return flight used sustainable aviation fuel purchased from AirBP. Schedule times were different on subsequent days, with JFK departures around 10.00 pm but Schiphol departures unchanged at 1.35 pm.

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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.