This JetBlue’s plane looks gorgeous with the mountainous background of the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.
We were given a gift bag by local Tourism board and a high school band was performing in the greeting area.
I love this pair of JetBlue’s mittens.
Local tourism guides with cup holders
Of course, the new JetBlue’s Bozeman poster
Bottled water and Coke Zero
A small staging area preparing for the ceremony taking place at 3:15pm local time…
I spotted the inaugural cake!
JetBlue flight 9 BZN-LGB Lv1700 Arr1839 Airbus A320-200 Sharklet N805JB “You Had Me at Blue”/Barcode
Bozeman’s check-in area
JetBlue’s check-in area – all the ways towards the end of the terminal – no surprising given its seasonal nature and twice weekly flight – but they installed two kiosks here
Brian Sprenger, Bozeman Airport’s Director
Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney
Spokeswoman for Senator John Tester
Spokeswoman for Senator Steve Daines
Daryl Schliem, Chamber of Commerce here in Montana
Erik Hildebrandt, JetBlue’s Regional Manager for Airports West – who flew back to Long Beach on the inaugural flight.
Ribbon cutting ceremony
After the ceremony, I headed to the gate. First, I was pleasantly surprised to see the TSA Pre’s lane but then I realized that the real “TSA Pre” lane was not opened. The airport was really under-staffed. Despite a full bank of flights at the 4-6pm block, only one lane was opened at 3:53pm. Thankfully we had plenty of times. Hopefully they opened more lanes later in the hour.
United Express CRJ-200 had just arrived from San Francisco.
JetBlue uses Gate 2 for its twice weekly flight to Long Beach.
More gift bags – JetBlue’s branded
Boarding began at 4:27pm with the usual pre-board and all those passengers were in row 1, and then I was one of the two Mosaic passengers on board this afternoon. For some reasons, boarding stopped after me.
So here are some more cabin shots:
Exit row Even More Space Legroom
Power outlet at Even More Legroom row
Angie came all the way to my row to say hello again and checked and asked if I needed anything.
Gift Bag – basically the same gift bag except the use of a JetBlue bag and this additional JetBlue’s blanket
More caramels – delicious
Announcements by pilot
Door was closed at 4:53pm and the loading was understandably low. Mostly staffs were traveling back home and a few new JetBlue passengers too…
We pushed back at 4:56pm.
Frontier’s A319 next door N949FR
Heading to R/W12
We took off at 5:04pm for our two hours and two minutes flight.
Entering the mountain range again
The routing for the return flight was fairly similar.
We passed Big Sky and Ashton before reaching 39,000ft, our initial cruising altitude. We headed toward Utah, Great Salt Lake, and Back Rock, and then descended towards 38,000ft. WE passed Ivins, Echo Bay, Boulder City, Primm, Mountain Pass, and Crucero, a ghost town in San Bernardina County. Then we passed Redlands, Moreno Valley, John Wayne Airport, Fountain Valley, and then turning straight towards R/W30 in Long Beach.
The service was similar to the flight earlier.
I bought a Party-Up Snack box.
The rest of the flight went by quickly, as there was a nice tail wind.
A word about the reception of Live TV and Fly-Fi: The Fly-Fi worked well on both flights and given the light load, the speed was actually quite good – even faster than the WIFI at the Bernic Hotel at New York City.
Many channels did not work on the last forty-five minutes of the flight on the flight to Bozeman and then first forty-five minutes of the flight back to Long Beach. Maybe the mountain ranges were disrupting the Live TV signals.
Descent began at 5:37pm LA local time and we landed on R/W30 at 6:06pm.
We parked at Spot #8 at 6:10pm.
Santa Claus and a Long Beach staff were handing out candy canes to arriving passengers. I think this might be a Christmas holiday matter, rather than celebrating our inaugural flight.
In conclusion, JetBlue threw another great inaugural party. Bozeman seems to be a growing market, which is perfect for the new Airbus 220-300s that JetBlue has ordered. I can even see nonstop flights to JFK and Boston. Airbus A320s might be a bit too big for now for year-round operation and/or daily operation. I wish JetBlue’s luck on this new Bozeman’s operation and hopefully it will become year-round soon with more flights to its east coast hubs. This will be a perfect market for its Airbus A220s, too.
This will be my last written report in 2018 and I look forward to write more in 2019, including TAP’s inaugural to San Francisco and Chicago O’Hare, and JAL’s inaugural (resumption) flight to Seattle. I hope you enjoy this trip report, along with many ones that I have written this year.
Happy Holidays and Safe Travels in the Winter Holiday Season!