JetBlue receives first Airbus A321LR aircraft

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JetBlue receives first Airbus A321LR aircraft
Fri April 30, 2021

This type of aircraft allows the company to launch the first transatlantic service


JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) announced today that it has received the airline's first Airbus A321 long-range (LR) aircraft, with tail N4022J arriving at JetBlue's home at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 5 this late. This A321LR was assembled at Airbus' production facilities in Hamburg, Germany, and will allow JetBlue to launch its first transatlantic service between the US and London this summer.

"The delivery of our new A321LR sets the stage for a new era at JetBlue in which we now have an aircraft that allows us to spread our wings and become a truly global airline offering flights beyond the Americas for the first time," he said. Robin Hayes. , CEO of JetBlue. “Offering the range of a wide-body aircraft but with the economy of a single-aisle aircraft, the A321LR platform is just the right size for us and will allow us to compete effectively with our award-winning service and low fares on flights between the United States and the United States. London. We congratulate Airbus for bringing the world's most exciting and innovative narrow-body aircraft cabin to life and JetBlue is honored to be Airspace's launch customer on the A320 family. ”

The A321LR enables JetBlue to access new long-haul markets, such as London, that were previously not accessible with the airline's existing fleet. The LR's range of up to 4,000 nautical miles is made possible by three additional central fuel tanks and the aircraft offers 30 percent fuel savings and a nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generations. of aircraft. JetBlue converted 13 aircraft in its existing A321 order book to the LR version in April 2019 with the ability to convert more. In addition, JetBlue has converted another 13 aircraft in its existing order book to the extra-long-range, or XLR, version of the A321.

JetBlue is also the global launch partner for the new Airspace by Airbus cabin, bringing long-haul style to the A321 for the first time. Airspace brings a number of enhancements, many customized for JetBlue, including:

  • Stunning backlit roof panels throughout the cabin, shining in an exclusive JetBlue pattern.
  • Custom LED ambient lighting that changes throughout the different phases of the flight to reduce jet lag technologies.
  • The largest overhead compartments of a single-aisle aircraft.
  • New ergonomic sidewalls that create additional personal space at shoulder level.
  • A redesigned welcome area at the main gate.
  • Onboard bathrooms updated with antimicrobial surfaces.

Modern Airspace elements, combined with JetBlue customizations, offer customers a boutique-style setting for the airline's long-awaited transatlantic service.

“We are honored that JetBlue is our first launch operator for the new Airspace cabin on Airbus single-aisle aircraft. We are also confident that the airline's customers and crew will appreciate the exceptional comfort and transatlantic in-flight experience aboard these aircraft, ”said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

JetBlue's A321LR is powered by two Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The GTF engine, with its revolutionary geared fan technology, is transforming aviation by delivering revolutionary economic and environmental performance. The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine also incorporates advances in aerodynamics, lightweight materials and other important technological improvements.

"Today we celebrate another historic and exciting milestone between Pratt & Whitney and JetBlue," said Carroll Lane, president of commercial engines for Pratt & Whitney. “The GTF-powered Airbus A321LR aircraft will allow JetBlue to fly further, opening new routes for its customers, while delivering the economic and environmental benefits of our revolutionary engine. We look forward to continuing to power their fleet for decades to come. "

Known in the US for having the most legroom on the bus (a), live TV and on-demand entertainment in every seat, free Fly-Fi broadband internet (b), complimentary snacks and soft drinks , and excellent customer service, the entry The transatlantic market will usher in a new era of affordable, customer-centric travel for business and leisure travelers.

The airline's premium Mint® experience, which first disrupted transcontinental travel in the US and has been completely reinvented for transatlantic flights, promises to offer customers a new option when flying between the US. And the UK. JetBlue Mint features 24 fully reclining private suites with a sliding door, a custom-designed seat cushion by Tuft & Needle, and countless design touches that help each guest feel at home in the air. As part of the update, JetBlue will also introduce its latest innovation, the impressive Mint Studio ™, which will offer the most space in a premium experience of any US airline (C).

JetBlue's industry-leading core expertise has also been reinvented to cross the pond and will deliver a new level of service to customers who want a great experience at a low price. All the conveniences JetBlue customers have come to expect will be enhanced by the recently announced partnership with Dig to bring its signature dining concept to create your own dining room at tray tables at 35,000 feet, JetBlue's first complimentary meal downtown. . With just 114 prime seats, prime customers will enjoy a boutique-style experience no matter where they sit.

Core and Mint customers will be able to stay connected throughout the flight with the airline's popular free unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi. In addition, customers will have access to a select selection of live TV channels focused on news and sports, and an extensive library of seatback entertainment, allowing customers to have a multi-screen experience on board. just like they do at home.

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