JetBlue to Delay Start of Boston London Flights

By Kurt Stolz on 31 May 2022
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JetBlue Airways, which first announced plans to offer service from Boston to London in 2019, said it would delay the launch of the new service by several months.

The move was attributed to delays in the delivery of aircraft from Airbus that would be used on the route.

When the service was originally announced, almost a year before the start of the pandemic, flights were intended to start in 2021.

The New York-based airline plans flights from Boston Logan International Airport to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports outside London.  The carrier announced a plan to serve both airports in April of this year, following the successful launch of its flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Heathrow and Gatwick.

The airline will operate the flights using its new Airbus A321LR, or Long Range, aircraft.

The A321LRs feature the airline’s newest iteration of its Mint business-class cabin. They have 24 suites, each with a sliding door, seats designed by Tuft & Needle, a mattress and bedding company owned by Serta Simmons Bedding.

In addition to the new suites, there are several  Mint Studios, a seat that the carrier 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 Studios 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 offer the largest lie-flat bed of any U.S. carrier, the airlines said.

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

The suites offer flannel-covered privacy dividers, concrete lampshades, and woodgrain table patterns.  The seats are covered with imitation leather.  Each suite features 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” additional space in seats 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.  The aircraft’s cabin walls have been redesigned to give those in window seats more space.

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