JetBlue opens new employee hotel in Orlando

More jobs for Orlando, and a new hotel at the airport. It is all meant to train the staff to help you fly safe.

The word we kept hearing at the ribbon cutting event was "investment."

JetBlue said it is an investment not only in JetBlue and their people, but in Orlando and Central Florida.

With fanfare befitting an airline, JetBlue's new employee hotel "The Lodge" is open at their training university.

Warren Christie, Senior Vice President of Safety Security and Training at JetBlue said, "We did this because we want to invest in our culture. Invest in our crew members. That's the reason behind building the Lodge."

There are 196 efficient rooms with chic designs and the environment in mind.  When you walk inside one of the rooms, you'll notice there is no refrigerator. That's because the rooms are designed to encourage crew members to venture out.

"…Spend time in collaborative spaces, because we think that's what will continue to build and spread our culture," Christie said.

In the hotel are spaces like a community hall, food court and bar. Outside are fire pits, a large swimming pool and sports fields. More than 7,000 crew members will visit yearly.

Phil Brown is the Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

"So, there's travel impact, there's a focus that every crew member has to come see Orlando," He said. "So, it builds a case for more investment, more aviation activity in Orlando."

All of this means 70 permanent jobs for our region's economy.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, "I think having JetBlue's presence is an important statement for Orlando."

The Lodge hotel is already full of JetBlue employees for Monday and Tuesday night.
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