JetBlue’s A321neo, equipped with the all-new Mint product, has entered domestic service today. The airline has flown the new aircraft from New York to Los Angeles, with the first flight departing at 10:30 ET this morning. Going forward, it will operate select flights between New York JFK and LAX over the coming weeks.
JetBlue’s new Mint takes off
Today, JetBlue is operating its first revenue service with its A321neo equipped with the brand new Mint Suites and Studios. The aircraft took off from New York’s JFK airport at 10:44 this morning, and is currently about an hour into its five-hour, 17-minute journey to Los Angeles (LAX).
The aircraft is scheduled to touch down at 13:51 local time, although estimates on RadarBox.com suggest it could land well ahead of that slot. It’s operating flight number B623, and will return back as B6124 later today.
The return is scheduled for 15:01 PDT, with an estimated arrival back into New York at 23:24 ET after four hours and 49 minutes in the air. It’s the first revenue service for this particular neo and the first chance for JetBlue passengers to try out the all-new Mint product.
Jayne O’Brien, head of marketing and loyalty at JetBlue, commented on the launch, saying,
“The A321neo with Mint’s entry-into-service marks yet another exciting milestone for the company this year, and will continue to position JetBlue to compete effectively on this key route.
“From a completely reimagined Mint, to our award-winning core experience, coupled with the superior economics of the A321neo aircraft, JetBlue is resetting the standard for transcontinental flying and will add even more relevance to our customers in Mint markets.”
Going forward, the aircraft will operate select services with the new Mint-equipped neo on this same route. The airline hasn’t released a full schedule, so until the fleet grows a bit more, it will be a bit hit and miss between this and the older, but still very capable, Mint cabin.
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How to find the new Mint neo
From the outside, the Mint-equipped neo is fairly easy to spot. It sports an all-new tailfin design, inspired by op-art, which uses shapes to create the illusion of three dimensions and movement. The design is known as ‘Ribbons’, and is made up of colors that are typical to JetBlue. This neo is registered N2105J, and bears the name ‘NEO Mintality’.
Of course, by the time you get to the gate, it’s already a done deal. While there can be equipment swaps at the last minute, JetBlue has already scheduled in a rough itinerary for this aircraft, so there’s a good chance of catching it on the following schedule:
- From June 1 to June 9: To operate B623 from JFK to LAX, departing New York at 10:30 local time.
- From June 1 to June 9: To operate B6124 from LAX to JFK, departing Los Angeles at 15:01 local time.
- From June 10 to September 7: To operate B62123 JFK to LAX, departing New York at 09:00 local time.
- From June 10 to September 7: To operate B6123 JFK to LAX, departing New York at 06:59 local time.
- From June 10 to September 7: To operate B61524 from LAX to JFK, departing Los Angeles at 13:20 local time.
- From June 10 to September 7: To operate B6424 from LAX to JFK, departing Los Angeles at 11:20 local time.
As you can see, the airline is quickly moving to a double daily rotation, suggesting it plans to induct another A321neo with new Mint on the route in 10 days’ time. The seat maps on the booking engine have already been updated to show the new Mint, which can give some extra confidence when booking. However, last-minute equipment swaps are always a risk.
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