Washington, D.C. 20549 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 14, 2023
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware 000-49728 87-0617894
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)  (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
27-01 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City
New York
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
(718) 286-7900
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value JBLU The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

JetBlue Airways Corporation ("JetBlue" or the "Company") announced today an operational and financial update of its expected first quarter 2023 results.

JetBlue has maintained its strong operational performance with a solid completion factor of over 98% quarter-to-date.

JetBlue continues to experience robust travel demand trends, which strengthened into Presidents' Day weekend and beyond. The Company is seeing very strong demand in our core leisure and visiting friends and relatives (VFR) markets.

Strong performance on revenue and execution on costs are largely being offset by an increase in fuel prices, which is primarily driven by volatility in regional jet fuel prices.

The table below provides JetBlue’s updated investor guidance for the first quarter ending March 31, 2023 and full-year 2023.
First Quarter and Full-Year 2023 Outlook
Estimated 1Q 2023
Previously Estimated 1Q 2023 (3)
Estimated FY 2023
Capacity and Revenue
Available Seat Miles (ASMs) Year-Over-Year 8% - 9% 5.5% - 8.5% 5.5% - 8.5%
Revenue Year-Over-Year 32% - 35% 28% - 32% High Single Digits to Low Double Digits
CASM Ex-Fuel (1) (Non-GAAP) Year-Over-Year
1% - 2% 2% - 4% 1.5% - 4.5%
Estimated Fuel Price per Gallon, Net of Hedges (2)
$3.50 - $3.60 $3.20 - $3.35 $2.95 - $3.15
Earnings/(Loss) Per Share ($0.45) - ($0.35) ($0.45) - ($0.35) $0.70 - $1.00

(1) CASM Ex-Fuel excludes fuel and related taxes, other non-airline operating expenses, and special items. With respect to JetBlue’s CASM Ex-Fuel and guidance, JetBlue is not able to provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to GAAP because the excluded items have not yet occurred and cannot be reasonably predicted. The reconciling information that is unavailable would include a forward-looking range of financial performance measures beyond our control, such as fuel costs, which are subject to many economic and political factors beyond our control. In addition, this includes an impact from a new ALPA agreement worth approximately 1% point to the first quarter of 2023 and 3% points to the full year 2023.

(2) Includes fuel taxes.

(3) As of January 26, 2023.

As of March 14, 2023 JetBlue’s advanced fuel derivative contracts are as follows:

Gallons Estimated Percentage
of Consumption
1Q23 19 million 8.8% •8.8% in USGC Jet bull call spreads at an average strike price of $2.72/gal x $2.97/gal
2Q23 50 million 22.1% •22.1% in USGC Jet bull call spreads at an average strike price of $2.71/gal x $2.96/gal
3Q23 32 million 13.8% •13.8% in USGC Jet bull call spreads at an average strike price of $2.70/gal x $2.95/gal
4Q23 6 million 2.8% •2.8% in USGC Jet bull call spreads at an average strike price of $2.70/gal x $2.95/gal

The information included under this Item 7.01 is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) or the Exchange Act, except as may be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Forward Looking Statements

This Current Report (or otherwise made by JetBlue or on JetBlue’s behalf) contains various forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, which represent our management’s beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. These statements are intended to qualify for the “safe harbor” from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this document, the words “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “indicates,” “remains,” “believes,” “estimates,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “goals,” “targets” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Additionally, forward-looking statements include statements that do not relate solely to historical facts, such as statements which identify uncertainties or trends, discuss the possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties, or which indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be predicted, guaranteed, or assured. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and are based on information currently available to us. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to many factors, including, without limitation, the COVID-19 pandemic and government-imposed measures to control its spread; risk associated with execution of our strategic operating plans in the near-term and long-term; our extremely competitive industry; risks related to the long-term nature of our fleet order book; volatility in fuel prices and availability of fuel; increased maintenance costs associated with fleet age; costs associated with salaries, wages and benefits; risks associated with doing business internationally; our reliance on high daily aircraft utilization; our dependence on the New York metropolitan market; risks associated with extended interruptions or disruptions in service at our focus cities; risks associated with airport expenses; risks associated with seasonality and weather; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers; risks related to new or increased tariffs imposed on commercial aircraft and related parts imported from outside the United States; the outcome of lawsuits filed against us related to our Northeast Alliance with American Airlines Group Inc.; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the right of JetBlue or Spirit Airlines Inc. (“Spirit”) or both of them to terminate the Merger Agreement; failure to obtain certain governmental approvals necessary to consummate the merger with Spirit (the “Merger”); the outcome of the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice and certain state Attorneys General against us and Spirit related to the Merger; risks associated with failure to consummate the Merger in a timely manner or at all; risks associated with the pendency of the Merger and related business disruptions; indebtedness following consummation of the Merger and associated impacts on business flexibility, borrowing costs and credit ratings; the possibility that JetBlue may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies within the expected timeframes or at all; challenges associated with successful integration of Spirit's operations; expenses related to the Merger and integration of Spirit; the potential for loss of management personnel and other key crewmembers as a result of the Merger; risks associated with effective management of the combined company following the Merger; risks associated with JetBlue being bound by all obligations and liabilities of Spirit following consummation of the Merger; risks associated with the integration of JetBlue and Spirit workforce, including with respect to negotiation of labor agreements and labor costs; the impact of the Merger on JetBlue’s earnings per share; risks associated with cybersecurity incidents; heightened regulatory requirements concerning data security compliance; risks associated with reliance on, and potential failure of, automated systems; our inability to attract and retain qualified crewmembers; our being subject to potential unionization, work stoppages, slowdowns or increased labor costs; reputational and business risk from an accident or incident involving our aircraft; risks associated with our reputation and

brand; our significant fixed obligations; our substantial indebtedness; financial risks associated with credit card processors; restrictions as a result of our participation in governmental support programs; risks associated with seeking short-term additional financing liquidity; failure to realize the value of intangible or long-lived assets; risks associated with disease outbreaks or environmental disasters affecting travel behavior; compliance with future environmental regulations; the impacts of federal budget constraints or federally imposed furloughs; climate change; changes in government regulations in our industry; acts of war or terrorism; global economic conditions or an economic downturn leading to a continuing or accelerated decrease in demand for air travel; and risks associated with the implementation of 5G wireless technology near airports that we operate in. It is routine for our internal projections and expectations to change as the year or each quarter in the year progresses, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections, beliefs, and assumptions upon which we base our expectations may change prior to the end of each quarter or year. Any outlook or forecasts in this document have been prepared without taking into account or consideration the Merger with Spirit.

Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. You should understand that many important factors, in addition to those discussed in this Current Report, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Further information concerning these and other factors is contained in JetBlue’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including but not limited to, JetBlue’s 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events discussed in this Current Report might not occur. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Current Report. Other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This Report includes forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures are financial measures that are derived from the consolidated financial statements, but that are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide a meaningful comparison of our results to others in the airline industry and our prior year results. Investors should consider these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, our financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further, our non-GAAP information may be different from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies.

With respect to JetBlue’s CASM Ex-Fuel guidance, JetBlue is unable to provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to GAAP because the excluded items have not yet occurred and cannot be reasonably predicted. The reconciling information that is unavailable would include a forward-looking range of financial performance measures beyond our control, such as fuel costs, which are subject to many economic and political factors. Accordingly, a reconciliation to CASM is not available without unreasonable effort.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: March 14, 2023 By: /s/ Al Spencer
Al Spencer
Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer

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