Aviation News

November 1, 2011

Video: JetBlue COO Rob Maruster Issues Mea Culpa for Stranded Flights

JetBlue Airways Chief Operating Officer Rob Maruster on Tuesday appeared in a company video apologizing for the airline’s several stranded flights on Saturday, emphasizing that the airline was focused on safety.

Hi, my name is Rob Maruster and I’m the Chief Operating Officer of JetBlue and I’m coming to you from our System Operations Control Center here in Forest Hills, New York.

As many of you now know, JetBlue had six flights divert to Hartford, Connecticut over the weekend, due to various runway congestion and other operational issues at Newark and JFK airports and we did not deplane those aircraft in our target time allotted. At no point in this weekend was safety ever compromised in any of our decision-making, whether it was our customers or our crewmembers and in fact, safety was their number one concern.

But let’s face it – at JetBlue you count on us for a lot more, and we promise a lot more, and we know we let some of you down over the course of this weekend and for that we are truly sorry.

Going forward we plan to fully participate with the Department of Transportation in cooperating with their investigation into the events over the weekend and we’re also going to conduct an internal evaluation so that we can learn from this event – because at the end of the day you deserve better and we expect better from our crewmembers and our operation. We can only earn your loyalty and trust one flight at a time and we ask you to give us a second chance.

Thank you.



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