JetBlue has taken delivery of the first of 70 Airbus A220-300.
The aircraft – tail N3008J – flew from Airbus’s U.S. plant in Mobile, Alabama to JetBlue’s home at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
It is the first delivery of 70 A220 aircraft JetBlue has on order, which will be phased in to replace the existing fleet of 60 Embraer 190 aircraft.
JetBlue is the third North American carrier to operate the former Bombardier CSeries after Air Canada and Delta.
The JetBlue A220 has 140 seats : 25 in premium economy and 115 seats in economy.
The A220 has lower direct operating cost per seat than the current E190. The airline anticipates the A220 fleet, with improved reliability and longer maintenance intervals, will have a maintenance cost per seat that is more than 40 percent lower than E190s.
With a range of up to 3,350 nautical miles and a 40 percent lower fuel burn per seat than JetBlue’s E190 aircraft, the favorable economics open the door to new markets and routes that would have been unprofitable with JetBlue’s existing fleet.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is the 6th largest airline in the U.S. It flies to over 90 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America. It has a main base at New York’s KFK airport and bases at Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Long Beach and Orlando.
Routes: jetBlue flies to more than half the states in the USA, 20 countries in the Caribbean & Central America, 4 countries in South America.
Fleet: jetBlue operates a fleet of about 270 narrow body aircraft from Airbus and Embraer:
- 1 Airbus A220
- 130 Airbus A320
- 79 Airbus A321
- 60 Embraer E190
(figures include operating and stored).
N.B. Image credit: Airbus