Shutdown 2013: JetBlue Confronts Aircraft Delivery Delays
JetBlue hopes the government shutdown will get resolved very soon for Mint’s sake.
Excerpt from The Street
To enable the introduction of JetBlue’s Mint service as well as upgraded coach flying, JetBlue will take delivery, for the first time, of 11 Airbus A321 jets. About 30 JetBlue employees flew to Hamburg for the delivery ceremony, which was scheduled for Tuesday.
Instead, JetBlue became one of the first corporate victims of the government shutdown. The delivery has been delayed because the aircraft has to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, but FAA registration personnel have been furloughed.
UPDATE: A JetBlue spokerson tells Skift:
“Just the one aircraft has been delayed so far. But, it is not scheduled to go into service until December.
“While airline and airport operations are unaffected by the government shutdown, its impact is nonetheless being felt. JetBlue was supposed to take delivery of our first A321 this week but that has been postponed; the FAA office responsible for registrations has been deemed non-essential.”