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jetBlue News

This news is updated by a pilot that actually works for jetBlue

Crew Domiciles: JFK, BOS, FLL, MCO, LGB

Number of Pilots: 3200

Number of Aircraft: 213

Type of Aircraft: EMB190 (60)
A321 (23)
A320 (130)

Most Junior Captain Hire Date: June 1, 2011

There are currently 101 Airbus 320/321 aircraft on the order book ending 12/2023.
Additionally there are 24 Embraer 190s that will be delivered however 24 older ones will be returned or sold for a net gain of 0 there.
The hiring projection for this year is approximately 200, down slightly from 2013-2015 but still solid. JetBlue's MEC is currently working on its first contract that is estimated to go to the pilot group sometime this fall that should provide increases in pay and benefits.
No news for any new domiciles but DCA has been rumored to be a possibility. Expansion deeper into South America will also be possible with the acquisition of A321LRs (none formally announced yet). The pilot career progression calculation for a new-hire pilot right now would be average for a 30 year career with upgrade to captain at a minimum of 4 years.
If you're planning to commute, quality of life would not be good and you should plan for an upgrade in 7 to 8 years. After the first ALPA contract has been ratified, the pay rates and benefits should be commiserate with the other major airlines.
Overall, it's a very good company to work for. It is a fairly young pilot group so if you're looking to climb the seniority list fast, the retirements at American, Delta, and United are what's going to take you to the promise-land. I do believe that we are treated better on the whole here than at other airlines and the work rules can be to your benefit.