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JetBlue begins $79 service to Boston, ends Delta non-stop monopoly

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JetBlue Airways flight 1137 landed at Detroit Metro airport this morning at 9:39 bringing to an end a Delta Air Lines monopoly on nonstop service between Boston and the Motor City. The arrival was six minutes ahead of schedule as reported on JetBlue’s website.

The airline is offering introductory fares as low as $79 each way, based on a round-trip purchase. All JetBlue flights offer beverage, chocolate chip cookies and free TV during the flight. Also JetBlue does not charge for the first checked bag.

According to the Delta website, they are matching JetBlue airfares however they are not adjusting their checked bag fees.

Passengers choosing to fly on JetBlue can connect to JetBlue’s other locations from their Boston hub. The most direct connecting flight options would be to Europe or the Middle East as most of JetBlue service cities would require backtracking.

This apparently is part of the thinking of JetBlue as today’s inaugural service to Detroit coincides with their partner, Emirates Airlines, addition of nonstop service between Boston and Dubai. Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press quoted Matthias Schmid, spokesperson for Emirates Airlines, as saying that this service will provide Detroit’s growing travel desires to the Middle East with another option. Emirates has no plans on adding service to Detroit and the only Middle Eastern airline serving the Motor City is Royal Jordanian.

JetBlue is the first new airline serving Detroit Metropolitan Airport since USA 3000 began service in November 2003 according to the Detroit Metro Airport Authority.

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