JetBlue Adds Another South American Route To Its International Portfolio

JetBlue will soon fly to a new country in South America. Georgetown, Guyana will be linked to New York JFK by JetBlue’s Airbus A321neo from April 2nd, 2020, just before the start of the busy summer season. The daily service will operate as flights 1965 to JFK to Guyana and 1966 from Guyana to JFK. JetBlue is offering this route as a leisure route with lower fares and no premium cabin.

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JetBlue will launch new flights to Guyana onboard Airbus A321neo aircraft. Photo: Airbus

New York to Cheddi Jagan International Airport

Guyana is a small country at the north end of South America. This flight, as announced in a press release, is JetBlue’s first flight to the country. Cheddi Jagan International Airport is not well known on the global stage. However, this route is not without competition; Caribbean Airlines and American Airlines fly between New York and Cheddi Jagan International.

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American also flies between New York and Guyana. Photo: American Airlines

JetBlue’s A321neo will depart New York-JFK at 23:55 and arrive the next morning at 05:58. The return flight will depart Georgetown at 07:20 with arrival scheduled in JFK at 13:09.

Guyana is JetBlue’s fourth country of service in South America. Given how JetBlue does not operate widebodies or the A321XLR (yet!), a number of destinations in South America are out of reach with JetBlue’s current fleet.

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JetBlue could use the A321XLR to expand its services in South America. Photo: Airbus

The aircraft

The A321neo is the latest plane to join JetBlue’s fleet. In addition to Georgetown, the A321neo will also fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador. This iteration of the popular A321 allows for increased range with better economics compared to older aircraft.

JetBlue announced that the A321neo will have Collins Meridian seats with in-seat power and inflight entertainment. Since this is primarily a leisure route, JetBlue will not offer their well-known Mint class on this service. Although, on a redeye like this down to Guyana, a lie-flat seat would have been quite nice.

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JetBlue will offer passengers access to power and personal seatback screens. Photo: JetBlue

JetBlue will put their first A321neo into commercial service later this month. The airline is likely waiting to start service to Georgetown after they receive more A321neos from Airbus. This way, they can ensure additional operational reliability in case they have to make an aircraft swap due to an issue with the aircraft scheduled to fly the route.

Overall

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New Airbus aircraft are allowing JetBlue to expand their network. Photo: JetBlue

JetBlue has a way to go before reaching the size of U.S. legacy carriers. However, new routes with new planes is a good way to start. Hopefully, JetBlue can keep growing their presence in South America before moving to the next stop: Europe (well, London, really)!

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