JetBlue to Add Mini-Suites and Business Class Seats
JetBlue will apparently be moving away from a one-class cabin. In a public filing, Airbus said it plans to equip JetBlue’s Airbus A321 aircraft with mini-suites in business class as well as with standard business-class seats. The aircraft that will be fitted with the new premium cabin will be used for transcontinental flights.
Back in March, a JetBlue executive, Robin Hayes, told an investor conference in New York that the airline would add premium seating in 2014.
The cabin will have a two-class layout, with 16 seats in business class and 143 in economy. In business class, there will be four mini-suites, and 12 regular seats. The seats in the mini-suites will be enclosed with a sliding door and the passenger will have greater privacy than the business class seats behind them.
The transcon market has been heating up recently as American, Delta, and United are going head-to-head in offering more luxurious business- and first-class seating and amenities. American started the ball rolling in 2011, when it announced plans to acquire Airbus A321 aircraft and outfit them with a small first-class cabin and a business-class cabin with all lie-flat seats. United is revamping its p.s. (Premium Service) offering with new lie-flat seating, and Delta recently started to fly Boeing 767-300 aircraft with lie-flat seating in business as well as Westin In-Flight Heavenly Bedding.
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