JetBlue Airways reached two milestones on 28 November, first launching its inaugural flight from New York JFK (JFK) to Havana (HAV), but secondly welcoming the Cuban capital as the 100th destination to its route map.
The 2,121-kilometre airport pairing of JFK and Havana will be flown by the carrier daily on its A321 fleet. “This inaugural flight between New York and Havana is a milestone in this new era of progress between our two nations, and another tangible result of this state’s successful trade mission to Cuba,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I congratulate JetBlue on this landmark accomplishment, which will help further ties and strengthen the economic relationship between New York and Cuba.” JetBlue is currently the only airline linking New York to Havana, however from early-December United Airlines will begin flights to the Cuban capital from its New York Newark hub. JetBlue will from next week link Orlando and Fort Lauderdale to Havana as well. The launch of Havana services marks a major milestone for JetBlue, serving 100 destinations across 22 countries, less than 17 years since its first flight according to its website. Havana becomes the airline’s 38th international destination according to OAG schedules.