NEW YORK — JetBlue Airways printed an apology to its customers in a handful of East Coast newspapers on Wednesday.

“We are sorry and embarrassed,” the full-page ad began. “But most of all, we are deeply sorry.”

“Many of you were either stranded, delayed or had flights canceled following the severe winter ice storm in the Northeast,” the ad continued. “The storm disrupted the movement of aircraft, and, more importantly, disrupted the movement of JetBlue’s pilot and inflight crewmembers.”

JetBlue CEO David Neeleman apologized for the inconvenience and hardship his passengers endured, but said he also had some good news.

Neelemen announced that JetBlue flight 445, which departed from Cleveland on December 5th 2005 bound for Tacoma and which disappeared, has been located.

” When the snow started to melt yesterday at a small rural airport in Rockville, Montana, an airport employee noted the tail of an aircraft appearing above the snow. Emergency equipment dug it out, and it was found to be flight 445!”

“Fortunately, most passengers survived the two-year entrapment,” said Neeleman, “by eating the leather seats, carry-on luggage and sadly, one of the stewardesses, Jane Paulson.”

“We have notified those who were still waiting at the destination, that although a bit late, the passengers will arrive shortly, and of course, we will give each of the passengers a free flight to anywhere that JetBlue flys. Sadly, First Pilot Captain Gene Grey, won’t be able to pilot a commercial plane again, as he passed his 65th birthday while sitting in the cockpit.”

Neelemen smiled….”Now for more good news! he said, ” We have made the Guinness Book of Records for the longest flight time between two destinations…and even that may be broken if we locate flight 567 which left JFK on June 12th of 2004, bound for Montreal”