JetBlue was founded in 1999 as "NewAir" by David Neeleman, formerly employee of Southwest Airlines.
First Airbus A320 aircraft arrived in early December, 1999.
NewAir started commercial operations in mid-February, 2000, with its inaugural flight between JFK and Fort Lauderdale, FL.
During 2000, new aircraft joined the fleet, and a lot of destinations were added to the network, and by the end of the year, JetBlue flies its one millionth customer, reporting $100 million in flown revenue.
During the downturn in airline travel that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks, JetBlue was one of only a few U.S. airlines that made a profit, with strong financial results throughout the 2002–2004 years.
In March, 2002, JetBlue flies its five millionth customer.
On the 31st of January, 2003, JetBlue reports $54.9 million net income for 2002, and by the end of the year, new aircraft join the fleet, and new destinations are being added.
In early January, 2004, JetBlue announces new in-flight entertainment options to be added: 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio and movie channels featuring 20th Century Fox movies and TV programming.
On the 13th of July, 2004, JetBlue flies its 25 millionth customer.
During 2005, new routes are being added to the network, new planes continue to be delivered, and at the end of the year, online check in, with online baggage check in is being added to the website.
In February, 2006, JetBlue announced its first quarterly loss ever, but returned to profitability by January, 2007.
In October, 2007, JetBlue was named Best U.S. airline by Condé Nast Traveler readers for the 6th year running.
New destinations continue to be added, and refundable fares are introduced in late January, 2008.
Bogotá, Colombia becomes JetBlue’s first South American destination in late January, 2009, and on the 26th of March, 2009, San José, Costa Rica becomes JetBlue’s first destination in Central America.
In 2010, JetBlue Airways signs interline agreements with EL AL Israel Airlines and South African Airways.
In March 2011, JetBlue Airways begins interline service with a transatlantic leader, Virgin Atlantic.
In June 2011, JetBlue Airways introduced 2 new products and services: Even More Space, replacing Even More Legroom and offering extra legroom and early boarding, and Even More Speed, giving access to expedited airport security.
In November 2012, TrueBlue Mosaic Elite Program, an enhancement to the existing loyalty program, is launched.
In 2012, JetBlue Airways signed interline and codeshare agreements with new or existing partners: Emirates, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Turkish Airlines.
In February 2013, JetBlue Airways introduced Mobile Boarding Passes along with new iPhone app.
In March 2013, JetBlue Airways announced its 80th BlueCity – Worcester, Massachusetts.
No deadly incidents involving JetBlue aircraft have been recorded so far.