In May 2003 they added Long Beach-Atlanta and Long Beach-Ft. Lauderdale. June 26 saw the launch of JFK-San Diego. An inaugural one-way fare of $104 will hold for a few weeks, $99 if booked on the Internet. There are $29 seats from Oakland to Long Beach if one books far enough in advance. JetBlue does not offer a senior discount, they say, because their fares are already so low. The airline boasts a fleet of 55 new Airbus A320 aircraft.
All JetBlue aircraft are outfitted with roomy all-leather seats, each equipped with free LiveTV satellite television, offering up to 24 channels of DIRECTV. All seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way and a Saturday night stay is never required. For information and reservations call 800-JETBLUE (538-2583) or visit their website, www.jetblue.com
Midway Airlines – Regional North Carolina carrier no longer flies.
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(merged with Frontier Airlines)
(Formerly Midwest Express) Passengers 55+, but not their companions, get 10% off some published fares. No senior coupon program. Midwest flies out of Milwaukee to East and West coast points. The website may not offer the senior discount so, if reserving a seat online, call an agent to confirm your booking to request the discount. Note, the website www.midwestairlines.com may post some fares lower than those available in the Midwest agent’s computer. 800-452-2022. Note: Midwest is planning to launch a low-cost subsidiary carrier in the fourth quarter of 2003. Check the website for more news.
National Airlines – The Las Vegas-based carrier folded in 2002.
No longer offers 10% discounts to fliers 62+. The Northwest Senior Coupons have been discontinued. Some markets may have a discount for fliers 65+. Call 800-225-2525. Lower fares may be available online at www.nwa.com
Song – See Delta Airlines
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, low-fare Spirit Airlines serves Chicago/O’Hare; Detroit, MI; NY/LaGuardia; Atlantic City, NJ; Los Angeles, CA; Myrtle Beach, SC; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Denver, CO; and the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Tampa.
Celebrating its 12th year, the carrier flies a fleet of modern aircraft and operates scheduled and charter service. Spirit’s low fares never require advance purchase or a minimum stay. Low one-way fares are always available. Reservations can be made online and promotional fares may be made at www.spiritair.com. Tel: 800-772-7117.
Tango – See Air Canada.
TWA – Was absorbed by American Airlines in 2002.
US Airways – Merged with American Airlines
USA 3000 Airlines
Launched in December 2002, this low-cost carrier links Ft. Myers, on Florida’s West Coast, with Chicago, Cleveland, and Baltimore. One-way service begins at $59. Six Airbus A320 aircraft provide 168 roomy seats, in-flight entertainment, hot towels, and snacks. The airline has received federal permits to fly three US-Mexico routes and to link Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to seven U.S. cities. USA 3000 does not require a round-trip ticket purchase or a Saturday stayover. Reservations may be made online or through their agents. Call 877/USA-3000 or visit www.USA3000airlines.com. Similar to the other no-frills airlines, these are electronic tickets only with no senior discounts.
US Airways Shuttle – See American Airlines
Zip – See Air Canada.