JetBlue Expands Mint to New York-Caribbean Routes

By Paul Riegler on 16 March 2015
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A JetBlue A321 (foreground) and A320 at JFK

A JetBlue A321 (foreground) and A320 at JFK

JetBlue Airways announced it will begin to offer its new Mint premium service on flights to Aruba and Barbados later this year.

Aircraft with Mint service offer passengers a premium cabin with 12 fully lie-flat seats that alternate between and 2-2 and 1-1 layout. The four seats in the 1-1 configuration are more private and have doors that can be closed. Those seats are 22” wide, while the other eight seats are 20.5” in width. All Mint seats extend into an 80”-long bed.  JetBlue operates Mint service on Airbus A321 aircraft.

Seat features include air cushions with adjustable firmness, massage, an area for shoe storage, two 110-volt electrical outlets, and two USB charging ports.  Each seat has a 15” flat screen with 100 DirecTV channels as well as 100 stations of SiriusXM satellite radio.

JetBlue’s in-flight service, which for the new locations will include a “Caribbean twist,” includes a pre-departure drink, an amuse bouche after takeoff, and a choice of five dishes served tapas style.  The meals feature Marble Ice Cream and fresh desserts from Mah-ze-Dahr Bakery.

Each passenger will receive a Birchbox amenity kit (with a choice of men’s or women’s), and each seat has a “wake me for service” indicator that allows passengers to sleep uninterrupted if so desired.

Mint service will operate from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba starting in November.  Seats are available for purchase on the airline’s website effective immediately.

The New York-based carrier said it will be the only U.S. airline offering regularly scheduled service with lie-flat seats to the Caribbean.  The new flights will operate on Saturdays starting November 7, 2015 and switch to daily on December 19, returning to Saturdays only on January 5, 2016.  The last flight of the season will be on April 30, 2016.

The airline currently offers Mint service on flights linking New York with San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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