JetBlue is growing its Airbus A220 presence out of Boston. The airline will be scheduling more routes with the jet starting later this year. Currently, the airline is flying its Airbus A220-300 primarily down to Florida out of Boston. Now, the airline will be growing that footprint to include Texas, Tennessee, and New York.
JetBlue plans additional Airbus A220-300 routes
JetBlue will add the Airbus A220 to four routes out of Boston Logan International Airport (BOS):
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Texas
- Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
- Nashville International Airport (BNA) in Tennessee
- LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York
The four new routes will complement the following airports where JetBlue is already flying, or will fly, with the Airbus A220:
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Florida
- Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida
- Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Florida
As such, three of the four new routes will expand the A220’s route profile out of Florida. This comes as JetBlue will take on more Airbus A220s. According to The Points Guy, the four new routes will start with service from September 8th.
Analyzing the A220 routes
JetBlue will be replacing a mix of jets on these routes. Most of the aircraft currently operating those routes are Airbus A320 aircraft. Come September, the airline will replace those routes with A220 operations.
There are some exceptions. The Embraer E190, which the A220 is largely slated to replace, does have a history of operating some of these routes. This includes Fort Myers, Nashville, and New York-LaGuardia.
However, some of these routes, such as Austin, are historically legacy Airbus A320 routes. In those instances, JetBlue is using the Airbus A220 during lower demand periods. September and October are typically slower months in the US. As such, replacing the A320 with an A220 will allow JetBlue to cut capacity slightly and have a better shot at filling up its planes.
The Airbus A220-300 is also being deployed in competitive markets. Austin is turning into an American Airlines focus city. Nashville is a strong Southwest market. Florida is a very competitive market, with many airlines significantly boosting services to and from the states.
The Airbus A220 will allow JetBlue to offer a competitive product in competitive marketplaces with competitive operating economics. Essentially, it is the perfect airplane for these JetBlue routes – especially during off-season travel times.
About JetBlue’s Airbus A220s
JetBlue currently only plans to fly the Airbus A220-300. The first A220 entered revenue service just a couple of weeks ago between Boston and Tampa.
JetBlue’s Airbus A220s are outfitted in a 2-3 configuration, meaning fewer middle seats on the aircraft than an Airbus A320 or A321. However, the Embraer E190s it will replace features a 2-2 configuration.
Nevertheless, the Airbus A220-300 will be a huge upgrade for passengers. The plane has bigger windows, larger overhead bins, and power available at all seats.
JetBlue also offers its passengers on-demand inflight entertainment through seatback screens. The Airbus A220 also offers WiFi, so passengers can choose whether they want to work on the flight or indulge in complimentary inflight entertainment.
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