JetBlue takes delivery of its first Airbus A321LR

JetBlue has taken delivery of the first of 13 Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft.

The delivery means that JetBlue will be able to launch its first-ever transatlantic service. That service will be between the U.S. and London in summer 2021.

JetBlue will operate the A321LR on two routes:

  • between New York(JFK) and London
  • between Boston and London

The A321LR aircraft is a longer-range variant of the airline’s existing fleet of A321neo aircraft. The LR version has a range of 4,700 miles, allowing it to operate the transatlantic routes from the U.S. East Coast to London — and perhaps beyond to other destinations in Europe.

The A321LR offers the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft and allows JetBlue to tap into new long-haul markets, like London, that were not previously accessible with the airline’s existing fleet.

Which London airport?

JetBlue talks about London as a destination but doesn’t say which airport.

JetBlue says it will announce specific details about the London routes and schedules soon.

JetBlue A321LR interior

The airline will offer a 3 class cabin – Mint Studio, Mint Seat, Economy.

Mint Studios – 1 row of 2 suites

Mint Seat – The main cabin of Business has 11 rows of 22 seats in a 1-1 formation

JetBlue Mint Suites

Economy – just over 100 economy seats, although JetBlue hasn’t disclosed a final number.

Airspace by Airbus Cabin

JetBlue’s A321LR is the first single aisle aircraft to feature the Airspace by Airbus Cabin.

Features include:

  • custom cabin lighting that changes throughout different flight phases
  • slimmer cabin walls creating extra personal space at shoulder level
  • large overhead bins on a single-aisle aircraft

N.B. Image credit: JetBlue

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