Crewmembers At The Santa Clara Abel Santamaría International Airport In Cuba Welcome JetBlue Flight 387 On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, The First Commercial Flight To Cuba From The U.S. In More Than 50 Years.

JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced the historic launch of service to Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV) from three of the airline's focus cities, with the first flight taking off this morning shortly after 9 a.m. from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). JetBlue's service to Havana from Orlando begins November 29 and service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood begins November 30.

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Crewmembers at the Santa Clara Abel Santamaría International Airport in Cuba welcome JetBlue flight 387 on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, the first commercial flight to Cuba from the U.S. in more than 50 years.

JetBlue flight 243 became the first commercial flight to Cuba from the New York area since scheduled service resumed this year and marked the first day of U.S. commercial service to the Cuban Capital in more than 50 years. The New York metropolitan area is home to the second-largest Cuban-American population in the U.S.

"JetBlue didn't even exist when commercial service ended, and now we are a leading airline in Cuba and the Caribbean," said Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer, JetBlue. "We are proud to touch down in Havana today on the very first day of commercial service between the U.S. and Cuba's capital."

"This historic flight from New York to Havana is another milestone in a new era of economic exchange and progress - and I congratulate JetBlue on this momentous occasion. New York is at the forefront of the burgeoning economic partnership between the United States and Cuba that is creating jobs and new opportunities for our businesses," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "Last year I was proud to direct the first state-led trade mission to Cuba and this inaugural flight is a significant step toward fully normalizing relations between our two nations. I look forward to New York continuing to lead the way forward."

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