Jetblue is desperately trying to secure landing slots in London and Amsterdam, ahead of a large company-wide announcement in April.
This adds fuel to the fire that Jetblue is just about to launch routes to Europe from the East Coast in time for Summer 2019.Could we see Jet Blue Mint flying to London and Amsterdam? Photo: Jet Blue
What is the evidence for Amsterdam?
Now, this is all still rumor at this point, however, a recent court document filed in Amsterdam has revealed some interesting actions on part of Jetblue.
First, it appears that Jetblue has requested that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) reveal all the current landing slots at their airport, and who they are currently occupied by. Additionally, they would like the airport authority to “take steps to address the alleged withholding of slots at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.”
Jetblue has alleged that a joint anti-trust partnership of Delta-KLM-Air France is attempting to withhold slots for Jetblue, and thus engaging in anticompetitive practices. They have submitted this document to the Department of US transportation that if they are not allowed to fly to Europe, then neither Air France or KLM should be allowed to fly to the USA.
Because Jetblue is so consciously going after AMS it is obvious that this is one of their key routes that would like to launch by April this year.
What about London?
As mentioned in the title, AMS is not the only airport that Jetblue is likely to fly to later this year. London is easily one of the most attractive destinations for passengers and several clues in their company announcement indicate that it may be the first to be revealed.
One of the rumors that are flying fast right now is that Jetblue is planning to use their on order A321LR aircraft to cross the pond. These aircraft would have the range to fly from Boston and New York to London, and maybe what they are about to announce.
Additionally, as found by another publication The Points Guy, the end of 2018 employee video showed someone typing in “LH” into their destinations tab. The next slide of the presentation had “Reach for the next moment” with the R highlighted. LHR is the code for London Heathrow and a very big clue (or a massive tin foil reach by us) that they are planning routes to London.
Plus, in the background of the invitation that was sent out to employees features two shapes that look jut like the shard and the London Eye.
Alternatively, Jetblue will soon be receiving their first A220s and its possible that they will be implementing them in cross-Atlantic travel.