JetBlue Web Services Taken Down for Overnight Maintenance

The service shutdown was unrelated to news that JetBlue donated to a representative who voted against certifying President Biden’s victory, the airline says.
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JetBlue Airways  (JBLU) - Get Report suspended some services on its web site overnight Thursday into Friday for scheduled technology maintenance. 

"This downtime was planned and unrelated to any other situation," a JetBlue spokesman told TheStreet.

"We performed scheduled technology upgrades that we knew were set to leave customer self-service options unavailable overnight. Potentially impacted customers were sent email communications informing them of this downtime and encouraging them to check-in online or on our mobile app before or after this downtime," the airline said.

The outage came a day after a news service reported that the carrier contributed to a congresswoman who voted not to certify President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. But the developments weren't related.

On March 25, the airline made a $1,000 PAC contribution to Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-New York), according to a Federal Election Commission filing, Bloomberg reported.

Malliotakis sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees airlines, and she represents part of New York City, where JetBlue’s headquarters are located, Bloomberg reported.

JetBlue appears to be the first company to drop out of a group of companies that put political contributions on hold after Trump-supporting insurrectionists invaded the Capitol on Jan. 6, Axios reported.

Bloomberg reported that JetBlue defended its contribution to Malliotakis, saying it’s again giving to politicians who can help its business.

The hubbub didn’t seem to affect JetBlue’s stock, which slid in line with other airlines. JetBlue recently traded at $20.75, down 1.6%. 

Last month the carrier unveiled a private offering of $650 million of convertible senior notes due April 1, 2026. It plans to use the funds for general purposes, including possible repayment of debt.

Also last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Goldman Sachs was negotiating with JetBlue to become the carrier's credit-card issuer.