JetBlue Airways began service at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport on Sunday.

The airline is starting service between Milwaukee and Boston Logan International and Milwaukee and New York John F. Kennedy International.

JetBlue’s Milwaukee flights will be operated on 140-seat Airbus A220 aircraft.

JetBlue’s arrival will also add more competition at Milwaukee’s airport.

The carrier will compete with Delta Air Lines on the Boston route. JetBlue will be the only airline serving JFK. It will compete with Delta and United Airlines for nonstops between Milwaukee and the New York City metro area.

Delta flies between Milwaukee and New York LaGuardia, and United flies between Milwaukee and Newark, New Jersey.

JetBlue, based in New York, bills itself as “New York’s Hometown Airline.”

Tom Carey boards JetBlue's inaugural flight from Milwaukee to New York on Sunday at Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee.  He is from England.  The airline began service between Milwaukee and Boston, and Milwaukee and John F. Kennedy International in New York City.  JetBlue's Milwaukee flights will be operated on 140-seat Airbus A220 aircraft.

Its service in Milwaukee comes as the airport is experiencing its busiest time, spring break.

The airline is on a growth trajectory and is continuing to return to pre-pandemic levels in terms of its operations, according to the carrier’s website.

For the full-year 2022, the airline is planning to grow it capacity between 11% and 15% compared with 2019 “as we bring aircraft utilization back towards pre-pandemic levels …” the company said.

JetBlue was founded in 2000.

The airline has six “focus cities” that include New York, Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan.

No. 6 in the nation

JetBlue is the nation’s sixth-largest airline, according to the US Department of Transportation. The agency says JetBlue has 5.3% of the domestic market as measured by a metric known as revenue passenger miles.

Revenue passenger miles is basically a measure of how many paying customers an airline has.

By comparison, the dominant airline at Milwaukee Mitchell International, Southwest Airlines, has 17.4% of the US domestic market. Southwest is second behind American Airlines which has 19.5% of the domestic market, the transportation department numbers show.

JetBlue ranked 9th in on-time arrivals in the US during 2021, with 72.3% of its flights being on-time, according to the US

JetBlue had the 4th-fewest flights canceled during 2021, with 1.62% of flights canceled.

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