JetBlue Gets First Long-Range Airbus A321 That Will Support Its Inaugural Transatlantic Service to London

By Kurt Stolz on 30 April 2021
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JetBlue Airways announced it had taken delivery of its very first Airbus A321LR, the long-range version of the popular A321 jet.

The A321LR, first introduced in 2015 and that made its first flight in 2018, has a range of 4,600 miles (7,402 km) and can seat 206 passengers in a typical two-class configuration.

“The delivery of our new A321LR sets the stage for a new era at JetBlue in which we now have an aircraft allowing us to stretch our wings and become a true global carrier offering flights beyond the Americas for the first time ever,” said Robin Hayes, the airline’s CEO.

The aircraft’s business-class cabin, which JetBlue refers to as Mint, features 24 suites, each with a sliding door, with seats designed by Tuft & Needle, a mattress and bedding company owned by Serta Simmons Bedding.

In addition to the new suites, JetBlue is introducing the Mint Studio, a seat that it says offers the most space of any premium seat offered by a U.S. airline.  Each aircraft equipped with a Mint cabin will have two Mint Studios in the front row. The Mint Studio includes a 22” seatback screen, an extra side table, and a guest seat that can accommodate a visitor from another Mint seat during the flight.  The Mint Studio also will offer the largest lie-flat bed of any U.S. carrier, the airlines said.

Meanwhile, each Mint passenger will receive a blanket with a bilt-in foot pocket, a memory foam-lined pillow, and an amenity kit with eye mask and earplugs.

The suites will offer flannel-covered privacy dividers, concrete lampshades, and woodgrain table patterns.  The seats themselves are covered with imitation leather.  Each suite has gradient lighting panels and the cabin has a new type of mood lighting, although the airline didn’t offer specifics on this.

The coach cabin, which the airline will call “core,” will feature seats that are 18.4” in width, among the widest in the industry in coach, and have a minimum seat pitch of 32”. There will be four rows of the airline’s premium economy lite section, Even More Space, with up to 6” more in seat pitch.

The seats feature an imitation leather product the airline calls “ultraleather,” and all seats have adjustable headrests, power outlets, and USB ports for charging, as well as a water bottle holder and several mesh pockets in the seat-back area.  The aircraft’s cabin walls have been redesigned to give those in the window seat more space.

Passengers will be able to place their orders for their in-flight meals via the in-flight entertainment system. In-flight seasonal menus, designed by the New York-based restaurant group Dig, offer a choice of three entrées including a so-called “protein” option as well as a vegetable option.  Passengers can choose two side dishes to accompany the entrée.

The Airbus A321LR aircraft will feature free high-speed Wi-Fi and Live TV over the Atlantic.

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