JetBlue CEO David Barger at CAPA’s Airlines in Transition conference in Dublin said (12-Apr-2013) JetBlue is working with other carriers to have Airbus commit to a sharklet retrofit programme by the Paris Air Show in Jun-2013. JetBlue has already retrofitted some A320s, but these are newer A320s that can support the retrofit programme, which older A320s cannot.
JetBlue wants Airbus to commit to sharklet retrofit programme by Paris Air Show
You may also be interested in the following articles...
Southwest Airlines and jetBlue take different paths to sustaining balance sheet strength
At nearly 46 years old and 17 years old, respectively, Southwest and jetBlue approach their financial priorities differently. jetBlue is in the process of buying a certain level of aircraft off lease to reduce debt and raise its levels of unencumbered aircraft. Southwest is concluding a hefty investment in a long overdue overhaul of its reservations system and making other significant technology investments.
Each airline also has a different capital allocation strategy. Southwest has engaged in some level of shareholder returns since the 1990s, whereas jetBlue’s shareholder return strategy is just starting to take shape – the airline is reaching a point in its leverage performance where it can contemplate more meaningful levels of shareholder returns in the medium term.
One area where Southwest and jetBlue hold similar visions is balance sheet strength, and the airlines have similar leverage goals: to support capex commitments, maintain manageable debt levels, and expand or sustain return to shareholders.
"A truly remarkable lineup of airlines"; over 50 executives at CAPA's Airline Fleet & Finance Summit
CAPA’s Airline Fleet & Finance Summit will be attended by "A truly remarkable lineup of airlines" from all continents of the globe, represented by their senior finance officers.
First time attendees at the event include Air Tahiti, euroAtlantic Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Saudia, TAAG and start-up flymojo.
They are joined by AirAsia's Group Head of Strategy, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer of Asia Aviation Capital Limited, the Vice President, Fleet & Corporate Finance of Allegiant, Cebu Pacific's Director, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations, China Eastern's General Manager of CEA International Financial Leasing Corporation Limited, KLM's Director Group Treasury, Malaysia Airlines' Group CEO, Finnair's CFO, IndiGo's Director - Aircraft Acquisition and Financing and many others.
Together with 15 stand-alone presentations from airline CFO/treasury/finance heads outlining their fleet and financing plans + over 50 airline representatives attending the unique CAPA Fleet Marketplace – the CAPA Airline Fleet & Finance Summit (2/3-Mar, Singapore) at Capella Sentosa is not to be missed.