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
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.
- 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