JetBlue Airlines revealed their newest aircraft this week – Blue Bravest. The Airbus 300 honors the New York City Fire Department and the FDNY Foundation. Painted red and adorned with the FDNY shield on its tail, the plane was unveiled during Wednesday morning’s sunrise as it flew along New York City's skyline. The plane took off from New Mexico and landed at Kennedy International Airport where it was brought to a hangar for a dedication ceremony. Among those in attendance were FDNY firefighters from several companies, including Rescue 4.
JetBlue is the only major airline based out of New York and has been immensely supportive of the FDNY and the Foundation. In the past three years, the company has donated $300,000 to the foundation. They have also provided more than 40 round-trip flights for firefighters to travel to other regions to support other departments in firefighting and rescue efforts, as well as provided travel support for firefighters following Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and wildfires in California in 2007 and Arizona in 2013, among other events.
At the dedication, JetBlue Airways CEO Dave Barger said, “We are New York's Hometown Airline, we not only work here, we live here too. On a daily basis we see the hard work of firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians who help keep our city safe. We appreciate their dedication and are excited to support our hometown heroes in a very JetBlue way. We've substituted our namesake blue and painted this airplane red, a special honor just for the FDNY Foundation.”