JetBlue leads industry in customer loyalty
NEW YORK - New York-based JetBlue Airways announced today that it has received the highest customer loyalty ranking in the airline industry for the second consecutive year based on the Satmetrix 2011 Net Promoter® industry rankings. JetBlue received a Net Promoter Score, or NPS® of 60%, 45 points higher than the industry average that profiled eight national carriers.
NPS is based on customers' likelihood to recommend JetBlue to others. NPS is calculated as the percentage of customers who are Promoters, rating the airline 9 or 10 on a zero-to-ten point scale, minus the percentage who are Detractors, rating 6 or lower. Consumers also rated JetBlue on various aspects of customer experience, including product or service features, customer service and overall value.
"JetBlue was founded more than 10 years ago as a customer service company that just happens to fly airplanes," said Bonny Simi, director of customer experience and analysis for JetBlue Airways. "We are honored that our loyal customers have recognized us as the airline industry leader for the second year in a row, and believe that the dedication and high-quality, friendly service of our more than 13,000 crewmembers have made us what we are today. We provide more value to today's traveler with a free first checked bag, more legroom than any other carrier in coach, complimentary live entertainment on personal seatback screens, unlimited snacks and friendly service. We are confident that once a customer tries JetBlue, they will make a discerning choice to fly us again in the future."
"Having a great customer experience is critical to a company's financial performance because it impacts both customer retention and new customer acquisition through word of mouth," said John Abraham, general manager of Net Promoter programs at Satmetrix. "These benchmarks allow companies to compare their performance to industry peers based on an industry-standard measure of customer loyalty. JetBlue continues to delight customers in the airline sector. Customers cited the company's low fares, great customer service, and in-flight features as reasons they would recommend the airline. But for most other carriers, the big challenge is to figure out how to use customer feedback to drive improvements in their customer experience. Measuring is just the first step."