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By Joe Brancatelli

Working with slots from American Airlines received in an alliance move, JetBlue Airways has set up its schedule for its entry into Washington’s National Airport. Effective November 1, there will be seven daily nonstops to Boston/Logan; a daily flight to Fort Lauderdale; and one to Orlando. JetBlue will use Terminal A at National, which the carrier called “nostalgic” — airline-speak for old and in need of an upgrade of passenger amenities.

Especially notable is the $39 one-way introductory price on the Washington-Logan run. That’s a direct challenge to US Airways‘ “shuttle” operation using Airbus A319s between the two airports; there’s also 50-seat regional-jet flights from Delta Air Lines and 37-seat RJ flights from American Airlines. JetBlue will use 100-seat E190s against the three legacy carriers.

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