JetBlue Airways is growing its network with the launch of its first transatlantic flight from New York-JFK to London Heathrow.
The trip, which began Wednesday evening, will be flown by its brand-new Airbus A321LR aircraft. Travelers can expect an improved in-flight experience, including customizable meal options, ample legroom and seat breadth, free limitless WiFi, seatback entertainment, and more.
JetBlue Launching to London Heathrow
Serving London has been a primary objective for JetBlue, and the airline ultimately secured 270 slots at Heathrow Airport in March 2021. 180 are assigned to New York-JFK service and 90 to Boston service. The airline will make its debut flight from New York-JFK to London Heathrow on August 11 at 9:48 p.m. The flight is scheduled to arrive at Heathrow at 10:10 a.m. local time the next day.
While JetBlue will initially serve Heathrow, the airline has not ruled out serving several London airports and has contemplated going to the less desirable London Gatwick Airport.
Banking on Business Demand
Despite the fact that the epidemic has temporarily delayed most corporate travel, the New York-London route has high business demand, and JetBlue is counting on these travelers, as well as high-budget leisure passengers, to fill its Mint cabin. With this in mind, JetBlue has selected the Airbus A321LR aircraft to fly the route, which is outfitted with 24 refurbished Mint suites and 114 ‘Core’ seats. In addition, the airplane will have two revolutionary “front-row Mint studios” and 24 Even More Space seats in the ‘Core.’
JetBlue is customer-focused, and it hopes that its innovative approach to transatlantic flying will make it a top choice for travelers.
“From generous personal space to our innovative build-your-own dining concept, every detail has been thoughtfully designed and will be made even better with the attentive service standards that a single-aisle aircraft allows,” said Jayne O’Brien, JetBlue’s Head of Marketing and Loyalty, in a press release. We are all too familiar with the annoyances of international travel, such as the dreaded center section, the “option” of assembly-line chicken or beef, and the lack of internet. JetBlue is poised to change all of that with our approach to transatlantic flying, in which you will be properly taken care of and fully connected if you so desire.”
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