BOSTON, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), Boston's largest airline with more flights than any other carrier at Logan International Airport (BOS), today celebrated its aircraft maintenance base move to Hangar 8. JetBlue's Chief Operating Officer Rob Maruster along with other airline executives and crewmembers joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA); Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary & Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Davey; Massport CEO & Executive Director Thomas P. Glynn and the Logan airport community to commemorate the announcement. Business partners working jointly with JetBlue on project, including TBD Construction, were also on hand.
As JetBlue flies towards its goal of operating more than 150 daily departures in Boston, its on-site aircraft maintenance needs will also grow. Fifteen percent of the airline's fleet passes through Logan daily, significantly increasing the need for more jobs in Boston by the end of 2013. JetBlue plans to increase its current Tech Ops crewmember levels by 25 percent, adding 30 new jobs next year.
"Today's move to Hangar 8 is a physical manifestation of our growth in Boston, which wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and notable expertise of our Tech Ops crewmembers here at Logan," said Mr. Maruster. "No other airline has ever served as many destinations as JetBlue in Logan's entire history. Our partnership and support with Massport helps to make this growth possible, and we are excited to continue breaking the mold with Bostonians as we look towards our airline's future growth throughout New England, adding more destinations and more flights to the places our customers want to go.""JetBlue has once again stepped up to the plate with the decision to move into a new maintenance hangar," said Governor Deval Patrick. "JetBlue's investments are creating good jobs in Massachusetts and its growing flight schedule demonstrates a serious commitment to serving the people of the Commonwealth." "I am happy to be here today celebrating JetBlue's expansion at Logan Airport," said Congressman Michael Capuano. "It will result in more jobs and more travel options for consumers, and benefit the regional economy." "Thanks to the leadership of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, we have invested in transportation with the understanding of the critical role it plays in the Commonwealth's economic future," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. "I am pleased to join this celebration of a move that creates jobs while promising increased service for air customers." "Everyone at Massport takes great pride in working for an economic engine for the region and this project is a great example of how Massport works with stakeholders to build a strong regional economy," said Thomas P. Glynn, Massport's CEO and Executive Director. "The $16 million Massport invested in this project will be paid back over time, but the immediate dividends are the excellent jobs created by JetBlue's growth in Boston." JetBlue signed a five year lease on Hangar 8 in October of 2012. Hangar 8 was originally constructed for Northeast Airlines, which began service as Boston-Maine Airways in 1933. Amelia Earhart was one of Boston- Maine's co-founders, and the building was dedicated to her memory in 1949. Technical Operations in Boston JetBlue Tech Ops crewmembers uphold an uncompromising high standard of safety and service excellence when performing routine and non-routine maintenance and regulations compliance like Service Checks, Weekly Checks, A320 A-Checks, E190 600 Hour checks and higher, and Aircraft Modifications. The team also handles the procurement, repair and storage of aircraft parts. By late 2009, as JetBlue's flights and destinations increased, on-site maintenance needs also grew in line with the carrier's network growth and Tech Ops began servicing up to 10 aircraft overnight with 57 crewmembers. JetBlue now serves up to 33 aircraft per night with 118 crewmembers, a 300 percent increase over the last three years. The airline employs 850 Tech Ops crewmembers across its 75-city network.