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11/13/2003

JetBlue to expand in Midwest

Dow Jones/The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The chief executive of JetBlue Airways Corp. said the low-cost airline will expand in the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic when it begins receiving new, smaller planes in 2005.
During an investor presentation broadcast online Tuesday, CEO David Neeleman said the new 100-seat Embraer 190 airplanes on order will prompt the expansion.
The 190s will “allow us to go in to cities like Chicago or Columbus or Indianapolis,” Neeleman said.
Currently, JetBlue flies larger Airbus 320 planes to 18 cities, including Tampa and Orlando, Fla., Buffalo, N.Y., New Orleans, Denver, and Salt Lake City.
JetBlue is based at New York’s Kennedy International Airport.