Airbus A320, take off, photo courtesy of JetBlue press
Yesterday, JetBlue announced its Healthcare Hero program through which the airline will provide roundtrip flight certificates for two to anywhere JetBlue flies for 100,000 healthcare workers. To coincide with the initiative, they’ll “bring the Clap Because We Care movement to the skies with a three aircraft, low altitude flyover salute above New York City” tonight at 7 pm. The flyover will be done by three New York-themed painted JetBlue planes, honoring the FDNY, NYPD and I LOVE NY/Empire State Development.
“We applaud the healthcare workers who are helping us get through this challenging time and inspiring humanity along the way. This is an opportunity for us to fly it forward and show our appreciation for the heroic efforts of medical professionals, first responders and public servants – not just here in our home of New York but around the country as well,” said JetBlue president and chief operating officer Joanna Geraghty.
The planes have been named as follows: I Heart Blue York, Blue Finest (for the NYPD), and Blue Bravest (for the FDNY). The planes will fly over New York according to the path outlined above from 7-8 pm.
This evening’s flyover comes the week after the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds did a daytime flyover over NYC and Newark and then on to Trenton and Philadelphia. This 40-minute display was part of Donald Trump’s “Operation America Strong” initiative.
For its larger Healthcare Hero program, JetBlue is donating 10,000 pairs of tickets to those who work within the Mount Sinai Health System or the public NYC Health + Hospitals system. The remaining 90,000 will be donated based on customer nominations. Through May 15, customers can submit brief descriptions about why they’d like to nominate a specific recipient. This can include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, social workers, and public health administrators. In addition, the airline is providing roundtrip flight certificates to almost all of its 23,000-member crew to gift to their own personal healthcare heroes.
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