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David Barger

President and Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue Airways

The Future of the Airline Industry

On September 22 at the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston, David Barger, president and chief executive officer of JetBlue Airways, called for air traffic control reform and lower taxes on airlines, and discussed the company’s plans for continued growth in New England. Joseph Grimaldi, chief executive officer of Mullen, introduced Barger.


“Improving the next-generation air traffic control system, this isn’t optional. This is imperative.” READ TRANSCRIPT AND VIEW VIDEO »

“We are taxed more than cigarettes, we’re taxed more than alcohol. So welcome to the next great sin out there, it's called aviation.” READ TRANSCRIPT AND VIEW VIDEO »

“Oil prices are up 300 percent since 2000. Airfares are up one percent. We’re [asking customers] to help share in some of the cost of energy.” READ TRANSCRIPT AND VIEW VIDEO »

“We are interested in moving into all of [Boston Logan International Airport’s] Terminal C so that we can continue to expand our operation at contiguous gates.” READ TRANSCRIPT AND VIEW VIDEO »


Reuters: “JetBlue CEO calls for air traffic control reform” READ ARTICLE »

Boston Globe: “JetBlue may add Providence, Worcester” READ ARTICLE »

Boston Business Journal: “JetBlue eyes 150 daily flights at Logan, expansion to Worcester, Providence” READ ARTICLE »

Boston Herald: “JetBlue’s hub flights to soar” READ ARTICLE »

Event Photos
Dave Barger, President & CEO of JetBlue, addresses the Chief Executives' Club of Boston.
Seated at the Speakers Table, clockwise from bottom left: William P. Leahy, S.J., President, Boston College; The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boton; Laura Sen, President & CEO, BJ's Wholesale Club; Ralph de la Torre, Chairman & CEO, Steward Health Care System; Jay Cashman, Chairman, Jay Cashman Inc.; John Kaneb, Chairman, President & CEO, HP Hood; Patrick Purcell, Publisher, Boston Herald; Eric Slifka, President & CEO, Global Partners; Eric Rosengren, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Brad Irwin, President & CEO, Welch's.
As usual, a who's who crowd gathers at the Chief Executives' Club of Boston!
Check out the press circling around Mr. Barger!