JetBlue Lands in Philly

A new airline has filled in a gap left in airport service between Philadelphia and another northeast metropolis and it could mean big savings for travelers.

JetBlue Airways takes off for Boston from Philly for the first time on Thursday.

The New York-based airline is celebrating the occasion with a party at Philadelphia International Airport including Mummers (it is Philly of course) and a celebration for the first passengers to take off for Boston’s Logan Airport.

The airline will also donate 1776 (an appropriate number for two patriotic towns) books to local groups.

JetBlue plans on multiple daily departures from PHL. The flights mark the airlines first foray into the city’s airport – the airline’s 78th city served from Boston.

US Airways has been the only company to fly directly to Boston since Southwest stopped service more than a year ago. JetBlue’s arrival on the scene could cause a fare war between the air carriers. A flight to Boston on JetBlue costs as little as $39 for special June departure dates.

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