JetBlue to Expand Reach of Mint with Additional Airbus A321 Orders
JetBlue Airways announced plans on Tuesday to increase the size of the A321 sub-fleet it uses to operate its Mint premium service. The New York-based airline said it is doing so to position itself as the “transcontinental airline of choice” as well as to increase the number of flights offered to the west coast.
The carrier is amending an existing purchase agreement with Airbus to receive five A321ceos equipped for Mint service in 2017. The airline plans to acquire up to ten more such aircraft in the following years.
JetBlue said it has the option to order the long-range version of the A321neo, the A321LR, starting in 2019 which would give it the capability of operating long-haul flights to Europe and beyond.
Mint was first offered on the nation’s two premium transcontinental routes that link New York City with San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since then, JetBlue has expanded the Mint service to other routes including, on a seasonal basis, New York to Grenada. It is launching Mint on its Boston-Los Angeles route in October.
The Mint service offers passengers a premium cabin with fully lie-flat seats. 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.
Passengers will receive their choice of men’s or women’s Birchbox amenity kits, and each seat has a “wake me for service” indicator that allows passengers to sleep uninterrupted if so desired.
In addition, 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.
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