Positions JetBlue to focus on organic strategy and return to profitability

JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) to terminate their July 2022 merger agreement.

Although both companies continue to believe in the procompetitive benefits of the combination, JetBlue and Spirit mutually agreed that terminating is the best path forward for both companies as required closing conditions, including receiving necessary legal and regulatory approvals, were unlikely to be met by the merger agreement’s outside date of July 24, 2024.

“We believed this merger was worth pursuing because it would have unleashed a national low-fare, high-value competitor to the Big Four airlines,” said Joanna Geraghty, chief executive officer, JetBlue. “We are proud of the work we did with Spirit to lay out a vision to challenge the status quo, but given the hurdles to closing that remain, we decided together that both airlines’ interests are better served by moving forward independently. We wish the very best going forward to the entire Spirit team.”

Under the agreement, JetBlue will pay Spirit $69 million and the termination resolves all outstanding matters related to the transaction and under which any claims between them will be mutually released.

“JetBlue has a strong organic plan and unique competitive advantages, including a beloved brand, a unique value proposition, and high-value geographies,” Geraghty continued. “We have already begun to advance our plan to restore profitability. We look forward to sharing more on our progress in the coming months.”

As outlined on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, JetBlue is taking decisive action to return to sustained profitability and drive shareholder value. As part of this work, the company is refocusing on its core strengths – deepening its network relevance in proven geographies and better segmenting its product offerings to enhance its competitive position – while delivering meaningful cost savings.

To date, JetBlue has identified multiple near-term revenue initiatives for 2024, including increased distribution and partnerships, expanded loyalty program functionality, network initiatives, and ancillary initiatives, which will deliver over $300 million in revenue benefits. JetBlue also remains on track to deliver $175-200 million in cost savings from its structural cost program and $75 million in maintenance savings from its fleet modernization, as well as incremental savings from targeted fixed cost base reductions, positioning the company to approach breakeven operating margins in 2024. These initiatives are just the starting point as JetBlue rebuilds its long-term organic strategy with a renewed focus on driving sustained profitability for its crewmembers and investors.

JetBlue will hold an Investor Day on Thursday, May 30, 2024, to provide additional detail on its long-term strategy and ongoing revenue and cost initiatives. Further information regarding Investor Day will be shared with analysts and investors in the coming weeks.

About JetBlue

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®️, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers to more than 100 destinations throughout the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Canada, and Europe. For more information and the best fares, visit jetblue.com.

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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 or incorporated by reference in this press release, 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 as may be updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release might not occur. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. 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.

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