JetBlue Pilots seeking contract as airline announces double-digit margins

JetBlue pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int´l (ALPA), have responded to JetBlue Airways´ third-quarter earnings statement as their pursuit for a market-rate contract continues, the association said.

JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) reported USD 293 million in earnings for the third quarter, or a 16.2 percent pretax margin. This marked JetBlue´s 30th consecutive quarter of profitability.

Through the first nine months of 2017, JetBlue has reported over USD 751 million in pretax profit (a 14.3 percent margin), bringing the total to more than USD 2.5 billion over the last two years since the pilots have been negotiating with the company.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world´s largest pilot union, representing more than 58,000 pilots at 33 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than 3,500 pilots of JetBlue Airways.