In August 2021, JetBlue launched transatlantic flights utilizing Airbus A321LRs. Up till now, the airline has solely operated to London (Gatwick and Heathrow). Nicely, JetBlue has now introduced its subsequent vacation spot in Europe, and never surprisingly it’s Paris.
JetBlue including Boston and New York to Paris flights
Whereas the airline is gentle on particulars as of now, JetBlue has revealed plans so as to add flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG):
- JetBlue flight will fly from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) as of the summer season of 2023
- JetBlue will “later” add flights from Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG)
JetBlue states that seats will go on sale within the coming months. Not surprisingly, Paris is the biggest European vacation spot not at the moment served by JetBlue from its New York and Boston hubs.
Right here’s how JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes describes this enlargement:
“JetBlue is providing one thing fully distinctive to what you get from the large international legacy airways on these routes – the place a single high-fare three way partnership operates practically three-quarters of the flying. The response to our London service is proof that combining nice service with low fares works. We are able to’t wait to deliver our reimagined Mint and core choices to Continental Europe’s most visited metropolis.”
Fundamentals of JetBlue’s Airbus A321LRs
For context, JetBlue’s European progress is made doable by its Airbus A321LR fleet. That is the present longest vary model of the favored Airbus A321 (“LR” stands for “lengthy vary”), till the A321XLR begins flying. The airline has a complete of 14 of those on order, and at the moment has seven in its fleet.
These planes are specifically configured for these transatlantic missions. JetBlue’s A321LRs have a complete of 138 seats. This consists of 24 Mint seats, unfold throughout 12 rows in a 1-1 configuration.
22 of these seats are Mint Suites, that are the usual enterprise class seats. These are totally flat, have direct aisle entry, and every have a privateness door.
Two of these seats are Mint Studios, that are the seats within the first row, they usually function considerably extra room. Additionally they have a buddy seat function, so that you could have another person be part of you in the course of the flight.
JetBlue then has 114 financial system class seats, 24 of that are Even Extra House (further legroom) seats.
JetBlue has an distinctive delicate product in all cabins. There’s additionally complimentary Wi-Fi for all passengers, plus private televisions, together with on demand and dwell TV programming.
Learn my evaluate of JetBlue’s Mint Suite and my evaluate of JetBlue’s Mint Studio.
My tackle JetBlue’s enlargement to Paris
I really like flying with JetBlue, and I recognize JetBlue’s impression on the aggressive panorama. Whereas extremely low value carriers are targeted on worth, and the legacy carriers are targeted on being all issues to all folks, JetBlue has largely been targeted on providing a high quality product. The airline gives complimentary Wi-Fi, has seatback TV all through its fleet, and has extra legroom than different US airways.
Curiously JetBlue’s biggest aggressive impression has in all probability been with bringing down enterprise class fares in premium home markets, as JetBlue’s Mint revolutionized that by way of worth and high quality.
Now, JetBlue isn’t precisely essentially the most worthwhile airline, and the airline has additionally struggled with schedule reliability. Nonetheless, it’s incredible to see JetBlue add extra transatlantic service:
- This can be some main competitors for La Compagnie, the all-business class airline flying between Newark and Paris
- Air France and Delta in any other case dominate the New York to Paris market, so it’s good that JetBlue can present some extra competitors to that robust three way partnership
- That being mentioned, with restricted frequencies, lack of connections, and no lounges, JetBlue does face an uphill battle with attracting enterprise visitors and company contracts
JetBlue has introduced that it’ll begin flying to Paris as of the summer season of 2023. The airline will initially fly from New York, and can add service from Boston at a later date. Past that, particulars are restricted as of now, as no schedule or actual launch date has been revealed.
This shouldn’t actually come as a shock to anybody, as we knew that JetBlue was planning on making Paris its subsequent transatlantic vacation spot. I’m excited to see this JetBlue increase into this market.
What do you make of JetBlue’s enlargement to Paris?