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or Joseph Mancini

August 31, 2017

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The nation’s largest municipal police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA,) today honored the President and CEO of JetBlue Airways as its “Person of the Year” for his and the airline’s support for law enforcement officers across the United States, it was announced today by NYC PBA President Patrick J. Lynch.  The award was presented before hundreds of NYC police officers who gathered at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Albany during their 123rd Annual NYC PBA Convention.

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:

“Under Robin Hayes’ masterful and socially conscious leadership, JetBlue has recognized the courage and sacrifice made by law enforcement officers across the nation.  One clear example of JetBlue’s support is that for years, they have provided free transportation for law enforcement officers across the country to attend the funerals of the courageous men and women who are killed in the line of duty while defending communities from crime and mayhem.  Their continued support of organizations like ‘The Brotherhood for the Fallen,’ demonstrates a social conscience that is, sadly, too uncommon in today’s world.  But Robin Hayes and JetBlue are proud to show their support of law enforcement and have even gone so far as to paint one of their aircraft in the blue and green of the NYPD.  We are both blessed and honored by their support and we are very pleased to name Robin Hayes as our 2017 Person of the Year.”

JetBlue President and CEO Robin Hayes said:

“As New York’s Hometown Airline, supporting our local public servants is very much part of our DNA. Our mission of inspiring humanity is brought to life each day through our crewmembers, many of whom are also former public servants. Thank you to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York for bestowing me with this honor which I accept on behalf of the entire JetBlue team.”

Mr. Hayes joined JetBlue in 2008 and served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer until becoming President of the airline in January 2014.   In February, 2015 he was appointed as JetBlue’s third Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to joining JetBlue, Mr. Hayes was British Airways’ Executive Vice President for The Americas.  Over the span of a wide-ranging 19-year career with British Airways, he also served as Area General Manager for Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Previous recipients of this honor include such law enforcement and political notables as Governor Andrew Cuomo, former Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, Senator Charles Schumer, Representative Peter King, and last year’s honoree, Sheriff David Clarke, among many others.

Mr. Hayes was also presented with an award by NYPD Lt. Robert Corbett of the NYC chapter of The Brotherhood for the Fallen.  The organization handles the logistics and funds the attendance of at least two New York City Police Officers to attend the funeral of every law enforcement officer in the nation who was killed in the line of duty.  The Brotherhood is a 501(c)3 charity that is supported by NYPD officers’ dues and contributions from the public and corporations such as JetBlue.  For more information about the Brotherhood or to donate, visit:

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