As the corporate venture capital arm of JetBlue Airways, a big part of our role is to identify and bring new technologies to the airline that improves operations and the customer experience. We do that through our investments and by running Innovation Sprints with different JetBlue departments to provide them with access to innovative startups they may not otherwise have had. This value and support extends throughout the JetBlue family, including JetBlue Travel Products (formerly known as JetBlue Vacations) and JetSuiteX.
However, we know we can’t go at it alone. Our mission at JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV) is to improve the future of travel. This requires cooperation from other global like-minded travel providers who are interested in working with emerging technologies and startups to enhance operations within their own companies and the industry at large. In 2018, we launched our International Partnership Program to bring together a range of travel and transportation providers to fuel industry innovation. Together with our partners, we improve efficiencies in shared infrastructure and processes and better the end-to-end travel journey for customers around the world.
What does the partnership entail?
- Participate in the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem with minimal infrastructure cost
- Access to vetted and validated startups unlocking the latest technology
- Curated startup “deal flow” to solve specific technology challenges and roadmap
- Early access to emerging technologies and support implementing beta tests, proof-of-concepts, and pilot programs
- Access to JTV facilities and expertise, and member-only senior leadership innovation sessions hosted in Silicon Valley
- Annual “Best of Silicon Valley” innovation programming at your headquarters to help foster innovative mindset at your company
Who is involved?
We kicked off the program in July 2018 with Air New Zealand – an airline with an impressive history of product innovation and a fresh outlook on the commercial and customer opportunities emerging from technology. In May 2019, our second partner Vantage Airport – a global airport investment, development, and management company – came on board.
We’ll soon be announcing another partner in the training technology space as well as other partners down the road. If you’re a forward-thinking travel provider, we’d love to chat further.
How do I learn more?
We’d love to chat. Please reach out to our Managing Director of Operations and Partnerships Amy Burr at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, you can also browse the press links below for more information and context.
“Air New Zealand has a proud reputation for being able to nimbly seize opportunities and take them to market. We want to redefine the future of air travel and partnering with JetBlue Technology Ventures is an important step in achieving that goal.”
Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand
“We’re excited to be creating a global ecosystem of partners to help vet and embrace new startups and technologies. Travel providers need to work together to improve the shared customer experience across the world.”
Amy Burr, Managing Director of Operations and Partnerships at JetBlue Technology Ventures
“In our 25-year history, Vantage has always embraced different ways of making airports better. This partnership is an important evolution in our growth as a company committed to innovation. We’re excited to work with like-minded partners and discover new technologies to enhance the experience of the more than 57 million guests traveling through our airport network every year.”
Wes Porter, Vice President of Innovation at Vantage Airport Group
- Skift – Can technology make travel safer?
- Phocuswire – JetBlue Technology Ventures adds airport partner to spur travel innovation
- Airport World – Vantage becomes innovation partner to JetBlue venture capital subsidiary
- NZ Herald – Air New Zealand partners with JetBlue Technology Ventures in Silicon Valley
- APEX – Air NZ Enters Innovation Partnership With JetBlue Technology Ventures
- Air Transport World – Air New Zealand, JetBlue to partner on technology ventures
- Otago Daily Times – Air NZ buys slice of Silicon Valley tech