When Will JetBlue’s First Airbus A321neo Enter Service?

JetBlue took delivery of their first Airbus A321neo back in June. However, JetBlue has not specifically allocated the aircraft on certain routes. Now, this aircraft has been flying a bit here and there, as per reports from The Points Guy. Named after founder David Neeleman, the aircraft type will allow JetBlue to fly some lucrative routes. So, when will JetBlue’s first A321neo enter regular commercial service?

JetBlue has taken delivery of an A321neo. Photo: Airbus

The routes

As of now, JetBlue’s A321neo has operated a few routes here and there. These are likely due to last-minute aircraft swaps or else a few key crew familiarization flights. Most importantly, the A321neo was not scheduled selectively for a certain route in these last few days. So, there is little way to know which route to expect the aircraft on until it enters regular service. Tail N2002J can be tracked here at Flightradar 24. The aircraft recently flew a single roundtrip between New York-JFK and Aruba. Future flights in the coming days or weeks are currently unknown.

The aircraft recently flew out of New York’s JFK airport on September 5th. Photo: JetBlue

Aside from Aruba, the aircraft also flew to points like Long Beach, Denver, and Boston in the previous days. However, the utilization of the aircraft has been scarce with about only one or two flights a day.

Fort Lauderdale

On September 24th, JetBlue will fly an A321neo between Fort Lauderdale and New York-JFK. This is an important market for the airline and represents a connection between two of their bases. Until then, however, it is a bit of a gamble to see where JetBlue’s A321neo will fly.

JetBlue will fly an A321neo to Fort Lauderdale on September 24th. Photo: JetBlue

Guayaquil, Ecuador to receive A321neo service

Starting this December, JetBlue plans to enter the A321neo in regular service on their longest route to Guayaquil, Ecuador from New York-JFK. This is expected to be the first route to receive solely A321neo service on a daily basis.

JetBlue will soon be flying to Guayaquil, Ecuador with Airbus A321neo aircraft. Photo: Airbus

This late launch could be due to a few reasons. First off, JetBlue is likely waiting for more A321neos before regularly offering flights on the type. The delays in the delivery of these new aircraft have affected JetBlue’s growth plans. Unlike IAG, however, JetBlue has stuck with Airbus. In fact, they even ordered A220s and Airbus A321XLRs for long-haul services.

JetBlue A321XLR
JetBlue went on to order Airbus A321XLR aircraft. Photo: Airbus

It is unlikely that JetBlue would want to regularly schedule the A321neo on services before they have another aircraft. In case of technical or aircraft issues, there can be difficulties finding a suitable aircraft to swap. And, there is also the issue of passengers who may expect to be on an A321neo.

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