Following the arrival of the first-ever JetBlue passenger flight to London Heathrow from New York JFK this morning, Simple Flying had the opportunity to have a look at the interior of the hybrid airline’s Airbus A321LR that performed the service. Crafted with transatlantic missions in mind, let’s take a look at registration N4022J’s cabin.
The business end
Earlier this year, we caught up with Acumen, the designers that worked with JetBlue on its new interiors. The company shared that it worked with the airline to truly bring out its personality. With JetBlue being based in New York, the metropolitan character of the city and the airline is brought out across the cabin.
The core product
Several commenters have been skeptical of transatlantic narrowbody operations. They have shared concerns regarding the lack of legroom while being cramped in on a single-aisle aircraft.
While these worries are understandable, walking through the cabin, I noticed that there was a fair amount of space in both the Mint business class and Core economy class. The fresh decor also added an extra touch of comfort that made it feel even more spacious.
The A321LR is a wonderful airplane. It is graceful, and, hopefully, for those of you who flew in last night, you enjoyed the new Airspace cabin, which JetBlue was the launch narrowbody aircraft customer. It’s such a beautiful aircraft and we couldn’t be happier. We are proud to fly an Airbus across the Atlantic.” – JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes
When it comes to the room on board, the most notable widebody advantage is the aisle space. I can imagine there could be one or two traffic jams during food and beverage service, along with some queues on the way out.
Overall, as Airbus Americas chairman and CEO Jeff Knittel puts it, along with the 20% reduction in the environmental footprint and even a greater reduction in noise, the Airbus A321LR helps JetBlue reach its mission to build sustainably while offering a high-quality product.
With reasonable prices on offer, Airbus is proud to partner with JetBlue for over 20 years in “David Neeleman’s original vision.” While there are plenty of options across the Atlantic, with lower prices than its competition, quality is far from lost with this design.
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