JetBlue Airways Corp. is coming to Texas — but not North Texas, which is sad news for fans of the upstart low-cost carrier. JetBlue will launch service from Austin’s Bergstrom Airport on Jan. 19 to its major hub at New York’s JFK International Airport.
JetBlue will use its new Embraer 190 aircraft, which has 100 seats and is considered one of the most economical aircraft ever built. The plane will feature JetBlue’s signature satellite television service in each seat.
As for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, it may be a long time before JetBlue’s distinctive blue-and-white planes get there. JetBlue spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said that while Dallas “is a very interesting city” for the carrier, most of its new routes will be aimed at “underserved, overpriced” cities. “Dallas already has a lot of service to New York,” she said. Not to mention a carrier with 83 percent market share in the form of American Airlines Inc., which doesn’t take kindly to low-cost carriers squatting on its most profitable routes.