JetBlue plans first NYC-London flights for 2021

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 14, 2019

Jetblue will be converting 13 of its A321 orders to the long-range version for London trips.

JetBlue is taking a jump across the pond, that's, after mulling over it for quite a long time.

JetBlue's European debut will pit the proudly "disruptive" challenger against top-tier worldwide airlines ranging from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic to USA carriers American Airlines, Delta and United in an attempt to break their hold on highly-valued corporate flyers. "You can anticipate other European destinations".

That seat is tipped to be Thompson Aero's Vantage Solo, with JetBlue taking honours as launch airline for the next generation of the original Vantage seat which adorns its current A320 Mint cabin (below) and helped JetBlue carve up the USA transcontinental market. They will be equipped much like the Airbus planes that are part of JetBlue fleet on pancontinental routes but with more lie-flat seats in the first-class cabin. "It places cities such as Dublin and possibly Amsterdam in scope".

The route will include New York's John F. Kennedy International and Boston's Logan International Airports, though the airline said it has not yet picked an airport in London - Heathrow and Gatwick are the busiest. He said he can offer prices that were dramatically lower in business class and toss in legroom in economy and amenities such as TV to stimulate new demand.

Delta President Glen Hauenstein responded that his airline has seen other low-fare carriers try to compete across the Atlantic.

"There are always new entrants coming and there always entrants departing", he said, adding that he thinks Delta is" in a very good spot".

Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue president and chief operating officer, said: "London is the largest metro area JetBlue doesn't yet serve from both Boston and NY and we could not be more thrilled to be changing that in the years ahead".

JetBlue has plenty of work to do before the first passenger can board.

JetBlue will finally take you to London.

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