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JetBlue, Puerto Rico’s Largest Carrier, to Add Two New Intra-Caribbean Destinations from San Juan: St. Thomas and St. Croix


– Two daily flights to St. Thomas and one daily flight to St. Croix set to begin December 15, 2011 –
– JetBlue is now the largest carrier in Puerto Rico, offering more seats than any other airline

SAN JUAN, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Puerto Rico’s largest carrier, with more seats in and out of the island than any other airline, JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), today announced plans to add more flights from San Juan this winter with new nonstop service to St. Thomas and St. Croix – the airline’s 68th and 69th destinations.

During a press conference in San Juan, the value carrier said that effective December 15, 2011 it will launch twice-daily flights between San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) and St. Thomas International Airport (STT), and once-daily flights between San Juan and St. Croix International Airport (STX). Additionally, JetBlue is making it easier for New Englanders to visit the Virgin Islands with plans to launch service between Boston and St. Thomas. Flights from Logan International Airport will operate for the winter season with five weekly departures, and will operate nonstop on the southbound flight and direct via San Juan on the northbound flight to Boston.

Flights for these new routes, as well as the recently announced San Juan to St. Maarten, are now on sale at www.jetblue.com.

JetBlue now offers more seats and more capacity (available seat miles) to and from the Commonwealth than any other airline. Over the past year, JetBlue has grown 38 percent in Puerto Rico and now offers more than 30 daily departures. The value carrier has started new service from San Juan to Tampa and Jacksonville, announced service to St. Maarten, and increased Boston service from two daily flights to four daily flights, bringing 35 daily flights to the island this summer. Later in the year the airline will increase service on the popular route between San Juan and Santo Domingo from three to five daily flights.

“It is only thanks to the tremendous support we’ve received from the Puerto Rican community that we have been able to grow at this pace, by adding more options and more destinations for visitors and residents of the Puerto Rico alike,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue’s president and CEO. “We are now the Commonwealth’s largest carrier but we know we’re only as good as our last flight, so we will continue to work hard to win our customers’ business every day on every flight, one customer at a time.”

“These new flights will bring over 100,000 passengers a year into Puerto Rico. We’re delighted to see JetBlue expanding their operations in Puerto Rico, which is entirely in sync with my administration’s commitment to expanding the island’s air access to the rest of the United States and the Caribbean,” said Puerto Rico’s Governor Luis Fortuno. “We’re committed to continuing to bring in more flights in the future, and we’re looking forward to seeing JetBlue and other partners in this effort continue to grow and succeed along with us,” added Fortuno. “These new flights represent a strong boost to our tourism industry, and their success will certainly lead JetBlue to continue to gain an increasingly important role among the carriers that serve the island,” he concluded.

“The Strategic Model for the New Economy of Puerto Rico recognizes the development of our air access as a strategic priority. The business expansion in Puerto Rico such as the one that JetBlue is announcing today is a milestone for Puerto Rico’s economy. We depend on our air access and thanks to partner airlines like JetBlue we have been able to develop and improve strategic routes for tourism and commerce development, and for the enjoyment of our residents. Puerto Rico has as a strategic goal to improve its position as a Caribbean hub, and JetBlue is partnering with Puerto Rico to achieve this and improve our connectivity with our sister islands like St. Marteen and the Unites States Virgin Islands, and to the continental United States,” added Jose Ramon Perez Riera, Secretary of Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce.

“The added capacity created by this new JetBlue service to both St. Croix and St. Thomas will allow us to maximize the inbound market from Puerto Rico, market to potential visitors connecting through San Juan,” said U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “The flights will also provide additional airlift for Virgin Islanders traveling to Puerto Rico.”

“JetBlue’s success story in Puerto Rico underscores this administration’s effort to strengthen air access to the destination. Working as a team with a shared vision of growth and prosperity, both the airline and Puerto Rico stand to gain with new routes and increased flight frequencies, as well as the JetBlue Getaways program, which now incorporates land and hotel partners in the regions of Porta Caribe and Porta del Sol, in addition to San Juan,” saidMario Gonzalez Lafuente, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

JetBlue’s proposed schedule between San Juan and St. Thomas:

San Juan to St. Thomas: St. Thomasto San Juan:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
8:25 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. 9:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
3:10 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 6:05 p.m.
– Flights operate daily effective December 15, 2011-

JetBlue’s proposed schedule between San Juan and St. Croix:

San Juan to St. Croix: St. Croix to San Juan:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
2:25 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. 4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
– Flights operate daily effective December 15, 2011-

JetBlue’s flights from San Juan will be operated with its quiet and fuel efficient 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft (E190), while flights from Boston will be operated with the airline’s comfortable Airbus A320 fleet. In Puerto Rico, JetBlue serves San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce, with service to ten non-stop destinations, six within the continental US: New York, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa and four within the Caribbean: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and St. Croix with its award-winning service featuring convenient, assigned seating; a first-checked bag free (a); complimentary and unlimited name brand snacks and drinks; comfy leather seats; and more legroom than any other carrier in coach (b).

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is the #1 airline in Puerto Rico; known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control.

Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 66 cities with 700 daily flights. Later this year JetBlue plans to introduce service to La Romana, Dominican Republic, subject to government approval. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, 1-801-365-2583, or visit www.jetblue.com.

(a) Baggage weight and size limits apply.

(b) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.

SOURCE: JetBlue Airways

Rihanna: Seals Barbados Deal


Pop princess Rihanna, one of the best-selling artists of all time with more than 30 million records and 100 million singles sold, has signed a three-year deal with The Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) to exclusively promote Barbados as a tourist destination.

In a press release today, it stated that the three-year partnership officially kicks off in Barbados on August 5, 2011 with a full-length concert of her current “Loud” tour produced by the BTA and Roc Nation.

“Barbados is a place like no other and one of the reasons for this is the spirit and national pride of our people,” said Rihanna. “I want each and every visitor to this beautiful island to experience what makes this destination different from all others and that is the spirit and warmth of my fellow Barbadians.”

The BTA release further noted that as an ambassador for Barbados, over the next three years, Rihanna will exclusively promote the destination through advertising campaigns, promotional appearances and via her social media presence. In addition to her concert in Barbados this summer, Rihanna will promote travel to the island from Brazil during her appearance on tour in September.

“In the hearts of every Barbadian, Rihanna is known as the girl down the road, but to the world she has become a musical sensation and social phenomenon,” said Minister of Tourism, Richard L. Sealy. “She is a great source of national pride to Barbados and we are thrilled to enter into this formal partnership to promote Barbados as a leading tourist destination.”

Source: NationNews.com

CaribPress: Jeneil for Japan Relief in Cannes


JAMAICAN supermodel Jeneil Williams is set to collaborate with legendary fashion star Naomi Campbell once again, following last year’s separate covers of LOVE, Conde Nast’s fashion magazine.

This time Conde Nast, Naomi and Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Italian Vogue, have invited Williams to appear as part of the Japan appeal, Fashion for Relief, today on May 14 in Cannes, France.

Williams is once again proving her status among fashion’s elite, having been chosen to join the superstars in fashion’s big annual charity do, Fashion Rocks, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year. While all of this is happening, she is currently being featured in multiple editions of this month’s Vogue, as well as the Pirelli calendar and Karl Lagerfeld’s signature Diet Coke campaign.

In their letter of invitation Naomi and Franca said, “We appeal to you to take part in this event giving your support on the runway for what is guaranteed to be a fantastic show. The event will see famous faces from the world of fashion, music, film, TV, sports and society strut the catwalk in designs by the world’s most renowned and respected fashion houses.” The event will take centre stage at the Cannes Film Festival in France and will consist of a fashion show “Runway to Red Carpet”, VIP opening reception and contemporary art auction, presenting art by some of the world’s leading artists.

Williams joins an impressive line-up of celebrities supporting this event. In the past this group has included Beyoncé, Boy George, Christian Slater, Cheryl Cole, Faye Dunaway, Iman, Kelly Osbourne, Cilla Black, Elettra Rosselini, P Diddy, Princess Beatrice, David LaChapelle, Rio Ferdinand, the Duchess of York, Tyson Beckford, Chris Brown, Claudia Schiffer, Erin O’Conner, Hana Soukupova, Angela Lindvall, Iris Strubegger, Jessica Stam, Eva Herzigová, Karen Elson and Caroline Winberg.

Fashion for Relief was founded as a way to unite the fashion community and its generosity in times of need. Fashion for Relief’s first show, in 2005, was held during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York and raised US$1m for the Hurricane Katrina relief. In 2007, over US$1m was raised for the Rotary Flood & Disaster and in 2008, Sarah Brown helped Fashion for Relief to raise thousands of pounds for the White Ribbon Alliance. Last year Fashion for Relief hosted shows in London and New York and raised over £1m for the Haiti earthquake victims and, in addition NEON Moscow was launched to raise funds for local children’s charities and a young person’s art initiative.

Additional Fashion for Relief events have been held in Mumbai, India and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, raising a total of over £4.5m.

Williams claims editorial credits for Italian Vogue (four times), Teen Vogue, i-D (twice), Essence, Full Freedom, British Vogue, BMM, A Magazine, The Wall Street Journal (twice), New York Times magazine, French Revue des Modes, Grazia, SHE, Love, American Vogue, French GQ, Japan’s Neutral, Russian Vogue (twice), Harper’s Bazaar, Another Magazine, Giles Deacon Look Book, Deustch, Vibe, Bon and Acne Paper, among many other high-end fashion publications.

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Contact:
Anna Gordon
Pulse Model Management
(876) 968-1089
www.pulsemodels.com

CaribPress: Jeneil Williams-Runway Darling, from New York to Paris


Jeneil in Zero

Supermodel Jeneil Williams proved her versatility and across-the-board appeal when she hit the big times at fashion’s signature collections in 2007. Up to then, she had proven editorial success, but the shows were a new challenge. It was at New York Fashion Week that she first made her mark, creating something of a stir when she was selected to do opening looks for such fashion luminaries as Richard Chai, Deisel, Michelle Obama’s stylist Zero +Maria Cornejo and the Project Runway finale. In that first season, Williams did a relatively modest eight shows, a precursor to the explosive success in her second and third seasons. Indeed, her current runway success as one of the lead models for the iconic Burberry and Lanvin lines was responsible for her Wall Street Journal covers, as that industry standard took a look at the business of fashion over the past two seasons.

By 2008, Vogue model Williams, had become one of the bright stars of New York Fashion Week. In that season, she also captured the hearts of the fashionistas in Paris when she hit the runway for the revered Lanvin. Arriving a mere day before the collections started, Williams booked Lanvin and other shows, including the highly regarded Castel Baga, on the strength of her impressive New York Fashion Week appearances.

By 2009, Williams had truly taken her place as princess of the world’s runways. From the urban hip strip of New York to the glamorous scene in Milan, the GQ model racked up runway mileage for some of fashion’s major power players, including Vivienne Westwood, Ungaro, Isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs, Reed Krakof, Narciso Rodriquez, Jonathan Saunders, the timeless Nicole Miller, Rosa Cha, Paul Smith (presenting the all important opening look and designer curtain call with the designer), Tracy Reese, the sassy PPQ, Prabel Gurung, Tommy Hilfiger, Viktor & Rolf, Custo Barcelona, burgeoning fashion force, Alexandre Herchcovitch and Roksanda Ilinic, among other style savants.

Impressive Showing

Touted by international fashion execs as ‘the model to watch’ that style season, Jeneil easily satisfied her audience with impressive showings in all the major markets. In Paris, her runway credits included luxury brand Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Zac Posen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Loewe, Lacoste, Miu Miu by Miuccia, plus such heavy hitters as Prada, Celine and Chloe. It was clear that designers had formed a special connection with Williams and given her impressive track record (Italian Vogue, GQ, Victoria’s Secret), it was only natural that Williams would return to the fashion previews as a contender for top runway honours. For both the fall-winter and the spring-summer seasons in 2009, the die was cast when it was confirmed that the svelte beauty had been booked for all the major markets.

Stunningly, she quadrupled her previous client lists for New York and Paris and broke new ground in Milan and London; from Prada to Fendi, and Gaultier to Galliano, Williams wore the big names of fashion like the pro she had become.

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Contact:
Anna Gordon
Pulse Model Management
(876) 968-1089
www.pulsemodels.com

CaribPress: All-Black Edition of Italian Vogue Pushes Jeneil’s Rise


Jeneil in Victoria Beckham Ready to Wear 2011


This is the second of a six-part feature on Pulse supermodel Jeneil Williams. Williams has not only become one of the most recognizable supermodels in the world, but is arguably the most successful covergirl that the Caribbean has produced. She will lead the lineup of models at Caribbean Fashionweek in June and is certain to capture the attention of press and fashionistas in attendance from around the globe.

Supermodel success is nothing new to Pulse or Jamaica. From Althea Laing’s breakout selection for the cover of Essence magazine in 1985 to Jaunel McKenzie’s record-setting, 11-time American Vogue appearance, Pulse stars have burned bright in the supermodel firmament. And there have been several others in between: Kimberley Mais, Romae Gordon, Angela Neil, Juline Samuels, Lincoln Wynter, Lois Samuels, Justine Willoughby, Reeshema Hemmings, Carla Campbell, Kimanee Wilson and, in more recent years, Nadine Willis, Nell Robinson, Oraine Barrett, Sunna Gottshalk, Gaye McDonald, Sedene Blake and Orienthia Russell, among others.

Jeneil Williams is the latest of the current wave of Pulse internationals to cement her place as a bona fide star. Her selection for the game-changing issue of Italian Vogue which showcased black models only, heralded a new phase of her career. Her success as one of the few elites and the only Caribbean model selected for the magazine, meant that she had captured the attention of the world’s movers and shakers.

Beth-Ann Hardison, who had played no small part in convincing Vogue to do the all-black girls issue, conducted a TV interview with Williams for Vogue.com, covering her presence in the major markets during show season, starting in New York, then continuing in London, Milan and Paris. Williams had arrived and there was no stopping her.

Her Jawbone campaign, featuring blue tooth mobile technology, was another defining moment in her career. The reigning ‘it’ gadget of the telecommunications market, Jawbone, selected the Jamaican model as the lead in their debut campaign. Just like a good pair of stilettos, the sleek and stylish Jawbone’s headpiece became the industry’s newest ‘must have’ item. The image most often see in magazines, billboards and posters everywhere was unforgettable and brought more positive attention. Williams’ appearances during show season expanded and intensified. So did her work for editorial clients and campaigns.

A supermodel on the rise, Williams would go on to achieve unprecedented success in 2010 and 2011.

Read more about Williams’ career, including her runway campaign and editorial highlights, as her status and prestige grow in the world of international fashion in the coming days.

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Contact:
Anna Gordon
Pulse Model Management
(876) 968-1089
www.pulsemodels.com