David Neeleman Shares a Sweet Note From JetBlue Crew

Jan 29, 2019

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Although he is the founder and original CEO of JetBlue, David Neeleman is no longer a part of the company. But the appreciation from the airline’s staff seems to be timeless. On Monday, Neeleman took to Instagram to share a warmhearted note left by the crew on his flight to JFK.

Comments on the photo also echoed the kind note.

“You changed many lives David. Me as one of them. I had the pleasure of meeting you on a flight to Salt Lake and I was profoundly impacted by your passion and dedication. Something I have tried to carry into my own business,” one commenter said.

Neeleman, who is one of the most influential figures in the airline industry, stepped down from his position as CEO of JetBlue in 2007. His departure from the company followed the “Valentine’s Day Crisis,” a PR disaster that JetBlue endured after weather delays resulted in planes full of passengers stuck in airports for hours. The airline canceled nearly 1,700 flights, which stranded thousands of flyers all over the US. The whole debacle cost JetBlue $41 million.

Today, Neeleman is now co-owner of TAP Air Portugal and working to launch a low-cost airline with the working name Moxy. That venture is slated to launch in 2021 with a fleet of  single-aisle Airbus A220-300s. Neeleman has reportedly claimed the new carrier will “get you there twice as fast and for half the price” compared to competing airlines.

Featured image by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images.

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