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FlyORH: Growing With JetBlue

Thursday, February 20, 2014

 

The progress of JetBlue at ORH was more than evident at the Blackstone Valley Chamber breakfast.

Last Wednesday, I attended the Blackstone Valley Chamber breakfast where Tom Glynn, Massport CEO and Executive Director, was the keynote speaker at Pleasant Valley. He started by reviewing JetBlue’s performance since their first flight on November 7th. Although JetBlue looks at this as a two-year plan, the first two months has exceeded expectations with over 20,000 passengers, many full flights, and loads of over 80%.
Massport’s strategy moving forward with ORH is simple: grow with JetBlue.

Moving forward

The first priority seems to be to replace the 100-seat Embraer 190 with the more efficient 150-seat Airbus 320. Before more destinations, we will most likely see more flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale while emphasizing the ability to make connections from these locations. If there was to be a new destination, it looks like it would be San Juan.

Are any other airlines coming to ORH? Massport is constantly talking to airlines and airlines are watching JetBlue’s numbers at Worcester. The success of JetBlue will help convince other airlines to commit to ORH. In the short term, we will see the Airbus, more flights to Fort Lauderdale/Orlando or maybe San Juan as a destination with JetBlue, before we have another airline.

Massport also continues to make much needed capital improvements, which the City of Worcester never could have afforded. The #1 priority is the commitment to Cat III landing capabilities. This will, however, take 2-3 years to complete. In the meantime, the landing system will be upgraded to Cat II.

A community affair

Between the meeting two weeks ago with the Latino Community at the Beechwood and this meeting, Massport is making the commitment at grassroots level to make ORH a success. Going forward, the plan is very simple. Grow with JetBlue.

 

Bill Randell is the President of Advantage Benefits, an insurance brokerage house specializing in employee benefits with an emphasis on health insurance, based in Worcester since 1992. He can be contacted at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter (@FlyORH).

 

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13. Hampshire County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: -165
Outbound Migration: 772
Inbound Migration: 607

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 46
Graduate or Professional Degree: -3

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 54
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): 5

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11. Norfolk County (Tie)

Migration Totals

Net Migration: -121
Outbound Migration: 1,636
Inbound Migration: 1,515

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 75
Graduate or Professional Degree: -28

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): -51
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): -44

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11. Franklin County (Tie)

Migration Totals

Net Migration: -121
Outbound Migration: 701
Inbound Migration: 580

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: -30
Graduate or Professional Degree: 22

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 4
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): -21

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10. Barnstable County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 8
Outbound Migration: 250
Inbound Migration: 258

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: -47
Graduate or Professional Degree: -25

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): -3
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): 22

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click here.

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9. Nantucket County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 20
Outbound Migration: 0
Inbound Migration: 20

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: N/A
Graduate or Professional Degree: N/A

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): N/A
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): N/A

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8. Dukes County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 36
Outbound Migration: 45
Inbound Migration: 81

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: N/A
Graduate or Professional Degree: N/A

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): N/A
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): N/A

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7. Suffolk County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 165
Outbound Migration: 1,407
Inbound Migration: 1,242

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 143
Graduate or Professional Degree: 106

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 105
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): 98

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6. Bristol County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 197
Outbound Migration: 567
Inbound Migration: 764

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 139
Graduate or Professional Degree: 7

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 40
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): 21

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5. Berkshire County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 207
Outbound Migration: 71
Inbound Migration: 278

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: -33
Graduate or Professional Degree: -11

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 0
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): -14

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4. Hampden County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 213
Outbound Migration: 1,005
Inbound Migration: 1,218

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 99
Graduate or Professional Degree: -3

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 64
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): 29

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3. Essex County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 360
Outbound Migration: 479
Inbound Migration: 839

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 112
Graduate or Professional Degree: 65

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 115
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): 55

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2. Plymouth County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 377
Outbound Migration: 554
Inbound Migration: 931

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 116
Graduate or Professional Degree: 6

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 1
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): -23

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1. Middlesex County

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 1,863
Outbound Migration: 4,451
Inbound Migration: 6,314

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 280
Graduate or Professional Degree: 258

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 344
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): 129

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Worcester County Totals

Migration Totals

Net Migration: 2,709
Outbound Migration: 11,938
Inbound Migration: 14,647

Net Migration by Education

Bachelor's Degree: 900
Graduate or Professional Degree: 394

Net Migration by Income

Household Income ($150,000 or more): 673
Individual Income ($75,000 or more): 257

For more migration pattern details, click here.

 
 

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