Release #: JBU 20.01
May 07, 2020

ALPA JetBlue Pilots Salute Health-Care and Essential Workers with New York City Flyover

NEW YORK—Capt. Chris Kenney, head of the JetBlue pilot unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), commented on their participation in a flyover of New York as part of the city’s “Clap Because We Care” movement to honor and thank health-care and essential workers. ALPA has worked with JetBlue and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to defray the costs of operating these flights, which will take place on May 7 at 7:00 p.m.

“All of us have been in awe of the efforts of the New York health-care and essential workers during this crisis. We have seen selfless dedication to their job while putting themselves at risk. The pilots of JetBlue, both in the air and on the ground, are proud to show our appreciation and give back to our airline’s hometown.

“This global pandemic has demonstrated that our future lies in cooperation. Together with the Company, the Port Authority, the FAA, and other stakeholders, we were able to make these flights happen and show our gratitude to those on the front lines.”

The pilots will fly three planes with New York-themed livery: I Heart Blue New York, Blue Finest (New York Police Department), and Blue Bravest (Fire Department of New York). The planes will take off around 7:00 p.m. at JFK and circle the city for an hour joining in the “Clap Because We Care” that happens each night when New Yorkers go outside to applaud health-care and essential workers.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 63,000 pilots at 34 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at alpa.org or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.

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