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NEW AIRLINE TO DEBUT WITH REDUCED FARE

JetBlue Airways announced plans Monday to offer a one-way $25 fare between Buffalo and New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport for a limited time to promote its new service between the two cities.

Passengers can purchase the discounted tickets between Tuesday and Feb. 10 for travel between Feb. 17 and March 17.

The new low-fare airline launches its Buffalo service to Kennedy Feb. 17.

JetBlue Chief Executive Officer David Neeleman said 60 seats on each of the airline's three daily flights will be set aside for the promotional fare.

That means roughly 10,800 seats are available for the low fare during the one-month period.

JetBlue's arrival is being billed as one of the biggest developments in air travel in recent memory in Western New York. The airline say it will charge normal one-way fares between $49 and $99, prices that are, on average, 65 percent less than other airlines' fares.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport officials say they are excited about JetBlue's arrival because New York ranks as the most popular destination for Buffalo travelers.

"The low fares will get them on board," Neeleman said. "Our service will bring them back."

Passengers will be able to choose from three daily departures from Buffalo. The flights will depart at 8:55 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.; they will arrive in New York City 70 minutes later.

In addition, the cost to fly to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Buffalo -- through Kennedy -- will begin at $99 one-way.

JetBlue's new aircraft, the Airbus A-320, will seat 162 in a single coach cabin.

The leather seats are an inch wider than the industry norm, and dozens of satellite-fed movie and television channels will be available on seat-back screens, Neeleman said.

Buffalo and Fort Lauderdale are the first cities the airline will fly to from Kennedy. Tampa will be the next destination.

The airline plans to serve 11 cities with 10 new aircraft by the end of this year, adding a city to its route every time it acquires a new plane.

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