JetBlue Eyes Larger Mint Cabin To London On New Airbus A321LRs

JetBlue has hinted at plans to offer more of its Mint cabin seats on its new Airbus A321LRs. Beginning in 2021, the airline’s new Airbus A321LRs will be used on transatlantic flights from London to Boston Logan and New York’s John F. Kennedy.

A JetBlue A321neo
JetBlue has big plans for its range of new Airbus A321 variants. Photo: Adam Moreira via Wikimedia Commons

The Points Guy reported yesterday on JetBlue’s reconfirmation of its plans to include additional Mint cabin seats on its new Airbus A321LRs.

Beginning in 2021, JetBlue will take delivery of its new Airbus A321LRs, which have a range of 4,000 nautical miles, as well as using 30% less fuel per seat than the previous generation model.

With the announcement of more Mint suite seats on key transatlantic routes between London and Boston/New York, Jet Blue hopes to capture interest from flyers who want a premium experience at an affordable price.

JetBlue first announced its plans to fly a daily service to London back in April. It hopes to offer customers cheaper transatlantic flights than the legacy carriers, whilst maintaining its renowned premium service.

According to JetBlue, London is currently the largest city in the airline’s key city expansion strategy not served by either Boston or New York.

JetBlue and the Airbus A321 (neo/XL/XLR)

JetBlue’s announcement back in April also specified that the new Airbus A321LRs would be taken from the current batch of A321neos on order with the manufacturer. The airline had an agreement with Airbus for 85 A321neos, but it has switched 13 of these orders to A321LRs and a further 30 to A321XLRs.

A JetBlue Airbus A321
JetBlue is adding more than 80 new Airbus A321 variants to its fleet. Photo: Eric Salard via Flickr

Unfortunately for JetBlue, its order of Airbus A321neos has been severely behind schedule this year. Production issues at Airbus have meant that many customers have not received their new aircraft on time.

In a call with investors back in July, JetBlue president, Joanna Geraghty, revealed that the airline expects to receive just six of the total 13 Airbus A321neos it was supposed to this year. JetBlue’s CEO, Robin Hayes is reported to have said,

“We’re very disappointed with the continued delays to our A321neo program as a result of the Airbus production issues”.

JetBlue’s Mint cabins

JetBlue’s announcement of more Mint cabins will be welcome news to anyone who has flown them before. In 2019 JetBlue’s Mint class was rated by Trip Advisor as the Best Regional Business Class in North America.

The Mint class is targeted towards business customers and it comes standard with a host of features, from lie-flat seats with adjustable firmness, to 100 channels on a 15.6 inch screen and a selection of in-flight meal offerings.

JetBlue Mint class
JetBlue’s Mint class cabins have received much acclaim. Photo: JetBlue

As JetBlue is looking to compete with the big players on the transatlantic market, it needs to be sure it can compete both in terms of price and service. That’s why the announcement of more Mint seats on the Boston/New York to London flights planned for 2021 is a big deal for the airline.

The bigger airlines in the game appear to be taking steps to prepare for JetBlue’s arrival on the scene. Delta and Virgin have already announced upgrades to their transatlantic routes and some commentator expect JetBlue will force other carriers to reduce their prices in order to compete.

In an email to Simple Flying, JetBlue confirmed that its new A321LR service “will include more than the 16 seats currently configured on our existing A321s with Mint with personalized service from hospitality-trained JetBlue crewmembers.”

More details will be announced at a later date.