Chief Executive Officer
JetBlue Airways Corporation
JetBlue Airways began operations in February, 2000 from its
base at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and
now, three years later, serves 20 cities across the U.S with
a fleet of 37 brand new Airbus A320 aircraft.
As CEO of JetBlue Airways, David Neeleman has launched his
third successful aviation business and is realizing his desire
to bring humanity back to air travel, by offering passengers
low fares, friendly service and a high quality product.
David's career in the airline industry began in 1984 when
he co-founded a low-fare carrier called Morris Air with June
Morris, the owner of Salt Lake City-based travel agency Morris
Travel. As President of Morris Air, David implemented the
industry's first electronic ticketing system and pioneered
a home reservationist system that is now the foundation of
JetBlue's unique call center: all calls to JetBlue's reservation
number are handled by reservationists working out of their
Following the sale of Morris Air and a short period with
Southwest Airlines, David took the electronic ticketing system
that he had initiated at Morris Air and developed it into
Open Skies, the world's simplest airline reservation system.
David sold Open Skies to Hewlett Packard in 1999. Also during
this period, David acted as a consultant to WestJet Airlines,
the successful Canadian low-fare start-up airline.
In 1999, after the conclusion of his five-year non-compete
agreement with Southwest Airlines, David decided the time
was right to bring his successful airline formula - innovative,
high quality service plus low fares equals a strong and loyal
market - to one of the country's largest aviation markets,
New York City. He assembled a hand-picked management team
of airline industry veterans and secured $130 million in capital
funding from investors such as Weston Presidio Capital, George
Soros and Chase Capital.
In just its second full year of service, JetBlue was named
"Best U.S. Airline" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler
in both their 2002 Readers' Choice Awards and 2002 Business
David has been called one of the Top Ten Entrepreneurs of
2000 by Business Week magazine, a Travel Industry Innovator
by Time magazine, and one of the Most Influential Business
Travel Executives by Business Travel News.
David lives with his wife Vicki and their nine children in
New Canaan, Connecticut.