And they're conducting a major flyover New York City tonight.

By Alison Fox
May 07, 2020
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Along with an epic flyover in New York City on Thursday night, JetBlue is honoring healthcare workers and first responders with major flight giveaways.

“JetBlue’s mission of inspiring humanity is stronger now more than ever,”  the president and chief operating officer of JetBlue, Joanna Geraghty, said in a statement provided to T+L. “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.”

With their 'Healthcare Hero' initiative announced on Wednesday, the airline will provide 100,000 healthcare workers with roundtrip flight certificates for two to anywhere JetBlue flies — with at least 10,000 pairs of tickets being given to workers at the Mount Sinai Health system and NYC Health + Hospitals, the city’s public health system.

The remainder of the tickets — 90,000 — will be awarded through nominations. By May 15, the airline is asking its customers to nominate a medical worker by submitting a brief description of their healthcare hero on the contest's website.

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The flyover tribute is set for 7 p.m. to coincide with New Yorkers’ nightly clapping to thank healthcare workers and first responders. Three of the airline's Airbus 320s will take off from their hub at John F. Kennedy Internationa Airport and will soar overQueens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan at a low altitude of 2,000 feet.

The three planes are all painted in tribute to first responders; the Blue Bravest is painted red to mimic a fire engine with the FDNY’s shield, the Blue Finest has the NYPD’s flag with 24 white stars, and the I Heart Blue York has the co-branded trademark with New York State's tourism logo.

“Some heroes wear capes. A lot of ours wear scrubs. Together, we can make them fly,” the campaign read.