JetBlue Announces London Flights Using Airbus A321LR Aircraft

We all have heard the rumors that JetBlue is planning on starting service to Europe. Well, today, the airline announced that it will start service to London using Airbus A321LR aircraft in 2021.

Transatlantic trips on JetBlue are coming. Photo: JetBlue

What are the details?

Simple Flying reported last month that JetBlue had invited crew members to an all-hands meeting on April 10th. The background of the meeting invitation featured two famous London landmarks, the London Eye and the Shard. The meeting was held at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for all local staff members. Employees from many of the airline’s other main bases were able to join viewing parties to follow the meeting.

During the meeting today, JetBlue announced that it will offer daily service from New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS) to London starting in 2021. The airline will operate the transatlantic flights on Airbus A321LR aircraft.

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The Airbus A321LR has the longest range of any single-aisle commercial aircraft. Photo: Airbus.

The aircraft will feature an improved and expanded JetBlue Mint. The airline’s Mint class was rated Best Regional Business Class in North America by Trip Advisor in 2019.

JetBlue is planning on charging lower fares than the legacy airlines on the transatlantic flights. At the same time, the airline will offer premium service in the Mint class. All in all, passengers can expect comfort and convenience at a lower price.

According to JetBlue, “London is the largest market not served by the airline from the Northeast.” Apparently, this will change in the not too distant future.

The airline served a pretty cool cake to celebrate the occasion. As you can see below, the cake is shaped like a suitcase with a JetBlue luggage tag and stickers featuring the U.S. flag, the British flag, the logo of the London Underground, and the Eiffel Tower.

Even though the airline only announced flights to London during today’s meeting, could JetBlue flights to other destinations in Europe become a reality soon as well?

The Airbus A321LR

Let’s take a closer look at the aircraft JetBlue will use for its flights to Europe. The Airbus A321LR is a long-range version of the Airbus A321neo. It can carry up to 206 passengers and has a range of up to 4,000 nm. Furthermore, it is fuel efficient and features the latest technology. Accordingly, it is the perfect aircraft for transatlantic routes. Due to its long range, the aircraft opens new opportunities for airlines operating narrow-body aircraft. It definitely looks like JetBlue is going to take full advantage of these new opportunities.

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In a couple of years, we will see Airbus A321LRs touching down at JFK after a transatlantic flight on a daily basis. Photo: Airbus.

The airline announced today that it will convert 13 of its open orders for Airbus A321 aircraft to orders for A321LRs.

We definitely can’t wait until JetBlue launches its flights to London. Are you looking forward to JetBlue’s flights to Europe? Let us know in the comments!