Airlines + Aviation
JetBlue Airways has turned on the lights of its new sign atop its headquarters in the historic Brewster Building in Long Island City, which is across the East River from Manhattan in the city's Queens borough.
"We are proud to have our brand illuminated in the New York City skyline," says JetBlue President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Barger.
"New York is integral to the heritage and culture of JetBlue. It is not only about doing business here, it is about being engrained in the community and bringing a little bit of New York with us everywhere we go."
New York City and State politicians are equally upbeat about JetBlue's commitment to the Big Apple.
"It's a great day for a company when it sees its name written in lights at the center of the global economy, and the new sign announces loud and clear that Long Island City is a world-class place to do business and create jobs."
Adds U.S. Senator Charles Schumer: "Like the other signs that dot the Long Island City skyline, the JetBlue sign will become a New York icon. But it will also mean more than that – it will represent JetBlue's commitment to this city as New York's hometown airline. As a great New York-based company, JetBlue has created good-paying jobs right here in the city, and I congratulate them on the lighting of this beacon beside their new headquarters."
Economic Boost for Queens
JetBlue's decision to put its headquarters in Queens is seen as a major boost for the borough's economy as well as its profile.
"The arrival of JetBlue in Long Island City is a milestone in the transformation of Queens Plaza, the gateway to Queens," says Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.
"As this area continues to develop into one of New York City's foremost neighborhoods to do business, I know JetBlue will continue to light the way for others who will choose to call Long Island City home."
The face of Long Island City, once a largely residential and industrial district with low rise buildings, is slowly changing.
"As one of the area's largest employers, I'm thrilled JetBlue will now be a part of our city's iconic skyline," says City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
"JetBlue's Long Island City headquarters is another great example of a business utilizing old industrial space for modern purposes and creating good paying jobs for New Yorkers."
When push comes to shove, it all gets down to more jobs for the borough.
"JetBlue is an important component of our economic engine," says Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.
"The lighting of this sign tonight is just the latest sign that JetBlue is going to continue to grow and prosper here in Queens, where they have been a good neighbor and provided jobs, opportunities and economic growth. We are delighted that they have stayed in the great City of New York at the gateway to Queens."