Iconic InspirationFor inspiration, JetBlue designers spent several days at New York's Lubalin Archive at the Cooper Union poring through original advertisements, graphics, images and fonts from the 1960s. The team looked to leading brands for guidance on common themes and design elements that were widely used and associated with 1960s style. Today's RetroJet Route JetBlue is officially introducing the RetroJet on this season's first roundtrip between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). The Palm Springs route was selected because of the desert destination's mid-century modern architecture and style. Greater Palm Springs is a popular destination known for blending its nostalgic past as a playground for Hollywood with hip new development attracting a new generation of trendy travelers. "Greater Palm Springs is proud to be the epicenter of the nation's most significant collection of midcentury architecture," said Scott White, President & CEO of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The architecture and art created by acclaimed artists and architects and found throughout our nine-city destination represent one of the many reasons why everyone comes to experience the oasis lifestyle." 1960s Celebration & Fashion Show JetBlue is celebrating the introduction of the RetroJet livery today with a gate-side fashion show at the airline's home at JFK Terminal 5 (T5), featuring JetBlue crewmembers wearing specially designed retro uniforms that feature custom-created hats, scarves, ties and pins. The JetBlue crewmembers will be joined on the T5 runway by men and women modeling the latest looks from fashion designer Trina Turk and Mr Turk, genuine California locals inspired by the Golden State's multicultural mix, creativity, craftsmanship, architecture, and landscape. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the brand has eleven signature boutiques across the country, including stores in Palm Springs and New York. "Trina Turk and Mr Turk are happy to represent Palm Springs style as JetBlue kicks off their first full season of flights between New York and Palm Springs," said Trina Turk. "We look forward to welcoming New Yorkers to the color, pattern and optimism of the desert."
To round out the unique RetroJet fashion experience - and in a historic nod to JetBlue's home at T5 - the airline will welcome to the runway TWA Clipped Wings. The group became a non-profit in 1965 and today, is made up of former TWA flight attendants. At today's celebration they will model original uniforms from various eras of air travel at TWA. The original TWA Flight Center's Saarinen building, completed in 1962, sits adjacent to JetBlue's T5 at JFK and was the original Terminal 5 at the airport.JetBlue customers traveling on the first flights between New York and Palm Springs will receive a 1960s-inspired amenity kit with playing cards, a luggage tag, vintage-style post cards highlighting the airline's focus cities and a commemorative pin matching the ones worn by the onboard crewmembers. The JetBlue RetroJet interior matches the rest of the airline's Airbus A320 fleet, offering the airline's award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (a); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (b); complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio at every seat. The RetroJet will operate on routes throughout the JetBlue network. About JetBlue Airways JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 99 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 925 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com. (a) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines. (b) Fly-Fi is not available on flights operating outside of the continental U.S. For flights originating outside of the continental U.S., Fly-Fi will be available once the aircraft returns to the coverage area. Fly-Fi is available on most JetBlue-operated flights, with fleet-wide installation complete by the end of 2016.