JetBlue to Launch New Flights, Mint Service to Caribbean from New York, Boston
JetBlue Airways announced that it plans to expand its Mint service to three new upcoming routes, namely from New York to both St. Lucia and St. Maarten in the Caribbean, and from Boston to Aruba. The carrier will operate all three routes between November 5, 2016 and next spring.
Mint flights between New York and St. Lucia will depart John F. Kennedy International Airport at 8:20 a.m. and arrive at Hewanorra International Airport in St. Lucia at 1:58 p.m. From St. Lucia, flights will depart at 3:14 p.m. and arrive back in New York at 7:19 p.m.
Flights to St. Maarten are scheduled to depart JFK at 7:45 a.m. and arrive at Princess Juliana International Airport at 12:42 p.m., with return flights scheduled to depart at 2:02 p.m. and arrive at 5:30 p.m.
Flights from Boston to Aruba will depart Logan International Airport at 10:54 a.m. and arrive at Queen Beatrix International Airport at 4:39 p.m. Flights to Boston will depart Aruba at 5:59 p.m. and arrive at 9:53 p.m.
JetBlue will offer flights once a week, on Saturdays, for all three of the upcoming routes, although the carrier says that during peak holiday travel dates, it will operate daily round-trip flights to all three of the destinations.
Mint offers passengers a premium cabin with a fully lie-flat seat. Four seats in the cabin are private suites with doors. The seats in the private suites are 22” wide and extend into an 80”-long bed. The remaining 12 seats in the cabin are 20.5” wide.
Seat features include air cushions with adjustable firmness, massage, an area for shoe storage, two 110-volt electrical outlets, and two USB ports. Each seat has a 15” flat screen with 100 DirectTV channels as well as 100 stations from SiriusXM satellite radio.
JetBlue’s in-flight service in Mint includes a pre-departure drink, an amuse bouche after take-off, and a choice of five dishes served tapas style. The meal concludes with Marble Ice Cream and fresh bakery desserts.
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 desired.
JetBlue operates Mint service on a sub-fleet of A321 aircraft that, in addition to the lie-flat seats up front, also offer a seat in coach with a 10.1” personal video monitor and the same choice of television and satellite radio programs. The seats also have power outlets and a cup holder.
The first five rows of coach are part of the airline’s premium economy lite offering, Even More Space, and have a seat pitch between 37” and 41”. All coach seats are 18” wide.
Additionally, JetBlue plans to launch Mint service on its Boston-Los Angeles route, with one daily round-trip flight set to begin on October 20. By November, the carrier will offer Mint on all three daily round-trip flights between the two cities. Last month, the airline began Mint service on its Boston-San Francisco route.
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