Posted on: 03 March 2015 by Mark Howells
JetBlue has officially opened The Lodge at OSC (Orlando Support Center), a four-storey, 196-room hotel which will be home to more than 7,000 crewmembers who visit the JetBlue University training campus each year for new-hire orientation and recurrent training.Developed by the architecture firm Gensler – creators of JetBlue's acclaimed JFK Terminal 5 – The Lodge at OSC includes a full-service restaurant and lounge, a tailfin-shaped pool, a fitness centre, softball field and outdoor fire pit.JetBlue hopes The Lodge, which is being managed by Pyramid Hotel Group, will immerse crewmembers in the airline’s culture. Operating as a boutique hotel, it was designed to reinforce JetBlue's values.“JetBlue's distinct culture literally starts from day one. Instead of ending collaboration as crewmembers disperse for the night, we can continue to build lasting relationships in our very own lodging facility,” explained Warren Christie, SVP safety, security and training for JetBlue. “With the Lodge we are investing in our most important asset – our people.”The Lodge at OSC also represents JetBlue’s continued commitment to Orlando as one of its six focus cities. The airline currently employs nearly 1,400 crewmembers across the Orlando Support Center, JetBlue University, Orlando International Airport and its Orlando maintenance hangar. Over the next five years, the airline will welcome 500 new crewmembers to JetBlue to support its Orlando training and support centre needs.