Updated: Jan 2, 2021
New York based JetBlue Airways has announced its intention to begin Trans-Atlantic flying in 2021, starting with London. It will do this by utilizing Airbus’ A321LR (an extended range version of Airbus’ narrow body champion, the A321 NEO, which is itself a revamped, re-engined version of its classic A321 series). Jetblue, which currently has 85 A321NEO’s on order, and is set to receive its first new aircraft this year. However, the airline announced on April 10th that it will convert 13 of these aircraft orders to the A321LR version, with the option to convert more in the future.
Currently the New York City area to London market is dominated by the ‘big 3’ US Carriers (American, Delta and United) with American by far leading in total market share, especially when considered with their joint venture partner British Airways. JetBlue hopes to disrupt this by offering lower fares and better value across the pond, while featuring a reimagined version of their popular Mint cabin and service.
The 19 year old airline touts its “proven track record” for international flying, citing its service to nearly two dozen countries. Currently the bulk of JetBlue’s international flying has been in the Caribbean and Latin America market, with flights reaching as far south as Peru and Ecuador.
The carrier says that additional details about specific schedules, when seats will go on sale, as well as more information about transatlantic Mint, Core and much more will be announced in the coming months.
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