Will Create More Opportunities for Crewmembers and Team Members
Opportunities for Crewmembers
We will be bringing together the best of JetBlue’s and Spirit’s cultures and values to build the fifth-largest airline that customers deserve – an airline that customers love – one that can truly challenge the “Big Four” with both low fares and award-winning service.
A combined JetBlue-Spirit will be a larger, financially stronger, and more geographically diverse company, providing job growth and opportunities for Crewmembers and Team Members. The combined airline will be based in New York City and have a significant and growing presence in South Florida. It will have 34,000 Crewmembers with plans to hire more as the airline grows.
Our people will benefit from more career growth opportunities, broader travel benefits, more opportunities to make a bigger difference in the communities JetBlue and Spirit serve, and a deeper bench of intellectual capital to support the future growth of the airline.
We look forward to welcoming Spirit’s Team Members to JetBlue after closing.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does this mean for me?
- For now, nothing is changing as we remain two independent companies until closing.
- After closing, we will become a larger, financially stronger airline with 34,000 Crewmembers and plans to hire more as the airline grows
- As a larger combined company, we will provide current and future Crewmembers with greater opportunities for career growth, broader travel benefits, more opportunities to make a bigger difference in the communities JetBlue serves, and a deeper bench of intellectual capital to support them.
- JetBlue is committed to working with labor leaders at both airlines to ensure the combination will be a winning proposition for Crewmembers after closing, especially as Spirit Team Members join JetBlue.
2. Where will the combined company be based?
- The combined company will maintain the JetBlue brand and continue to be based in New York City.
- JetBlue has deep roots in Central and South Florida, and with Spirit’s existing headquarters in the Fort Lauderdale area and presence at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), this transaction will deepen JetBlue’s longstanding commitment to Florida, including further growing our existing campuses in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
3. Will the combined airline have a meaningful presence in Florida?
- Absolutely. With Spirit’s existing headquarters in the Fort Lauderdale area and presence at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), this transaction will provide JetBlue the opportunity to deepen its longstanding commitment to Florida.
- Also, JetBlue Travel Products is based in the Fort Lauderdale area and JetBlue maintains its training campus and a customer support center in Orlando.
- In addition, after closing, JetBlue will transition Spirit’s new Fort Lauderdale headquarters building into a JetBlue support center, further enhancing its presence.
- Both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando are JetBlue focus cities, and the combined airline will offer 145 daily flights at FLL and more than 140 daily flights at Orlando International Airport (MCO).
4. Do you plan to hire more people?
- This combination will accelerate our growth, and we plan to hire more Crewmembers as the combined airline grows.
- A larger, financially stronger JetBlue will provide current and future Crewmembers with more career growth opportunities.
5. What does this mean for labor contracts and union representation?
- It’s too soon to discuss collective bargaining agreements.
- However, we are working with the existing labor leaders to ensure this combination benefits our Crewmembers and Spirit’s Team Members.
- For now, JetBlue and Spirit remain independent airlines, which means labor unions will continue to remain separate until the transaction closes.