Jetting to Green - What We're Doing

What We're Doing - Reducing our Footprint, One thing that's green

Carbon offsetting is important, but so is decreasing our environmental footprint - wherever it lands - and encouraging everyone else to do the same. All JetBlue business travel was offset in 2008 and 2009.

Aircraft

While we operate a new, fuel-efficient fleet, we continue to look for ways to safely reduce fuel burn and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Solutions include:

  • Using one engine to taxi to and from runways
  • Connecting the aircraft to ground power at the gate rather than using the engines to power air-conditioning, etc.
  • Deploying state-of-the-art technology to develop efficient routings and reduce flying times
  • Installing lighter aircraft seats and LED lighting

Onboard

JetBlue's onboard experience is designed to give customers everything they need - such as friendly service and innovative amenities - and nothing they don't. That means:

  • Eliminating disposable headsets (starting June 2008) and encouraging customers to bring their own to enjoy our free inflight entertainment.
  • Saving paper by not offering an inflight magazine

Airport

At our hometown airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), we strive to reduce and recycle waste generated both inside our new, environmentally-friendly terminal (T5) and on the tarmac, including:

  • Recycling spent jet fuel and oil and oil/fuel filters. This allows us to recycle approximately 1,500 gallons of fuel and oil and some 600 pounds of steel, each month. We hope to expand this program to all our maintenance bases in the near future.
  • Working with our concession providers to recycle or re-use cooking oils (not for human consumption)
  • Using de-icing chemical reduction techniques to minimize the environmental impact. (We are approved to use state-of-the-art infrared technology in de-icing to reduce de-icing fluid usage.)
  • Reducing paper by eliminating paper tickets, ticket holders and large boarding documents and offering small, simple boarding passes.

Partners

Kezner Marine Foundation
Throughout 2008, JetBlue is supporting the Kerzner Marine Foundation's The Blue Project which funds coral reef refurbishment and maintenance efforts in the islands of the Bahamas. For every three-night JetBlue Getaways vacation purchased to the Reef Atlantis, JetBlue will donate $50 to the project.

Airbus, Honeywell Aerospace & International Aero Engines
JetBlue has partnered with Airbus, Honeywell Aerospace and International Aero Engines to pursue development of a sustainable biofuel for use in commercial aircraft. The goal of the partnership is to develop an alternative jet fuel derived from renewable biomass sources - known as second-generation biofuels - that do not compete with existing food production. Research and testing will focus on the conversion of biological materials into aviation fuel that performs identically to traditional fuels while meeting the stringent performance specifications for commercial aircraft flight.