JetBlue’s First Airbus A321neo Goes Into Service

By Paul Riegler on 24 September 2019
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JetBlue Airways announced that its first Airbus A321neo entered service on Tuesday.

The A321neo has a longer range and higher fuel capacity than the carrier’s other planes. JetBlue took delivery of the aircraft in the spring and it went into operation as Flight 1 on the airline’s New York-Fort Lauderdale route, the airline’s first revenue route when it commenced operations on February 11, 2000.  The first A321neo is named “David Neeleman” in honor of the airline’s co-founder.

“David Neeleman’s vision is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago,” said the airline’s CEO, Robin Hayes, at a ceremony at the gate. “He set us on a course to lead the industry in customer comfort and amenities, and today we’re proud to continue in that tradition by introducing this new aircraft that’s both fuel efficient and features our most advanced cabin design.”

The airline said that the seats on the new jet were designed to maximize comfort with enhanced memory foam cushions, adjustable headrests, and “more living space.” Each seat has a USB port and AC outlet, as well as a mesh pocket for a water bottle or smartphone, and a larger pocket for a laptop.

The A321neo features a new tail pattern that the airline is calling “balloons.” It includes five balloons in different colors that represent the airline’s five values, namely safety, caring, integrity, passion, and fun.

The jet’s longer range will open up new routes for the airline, including service to Guayaquil, Ecuador, which will launch on December 5, 2019, and to Georgetown, Guyana, which will start in April 2020.

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