JetBlue will consider the purchase of wide-body jets if its service to Europe is successful. We have heard the talks about JetBlue starting service to Europe for a while. Now, it appears that the airline’s plans will finally become a reality. And not just that, the airline might even take it a step further.
Will JetBlue announce service to Europe next month?
JetBlue has invited its crewmembers to an all-hands meeting. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 10th. As Simple Flying reported, the background of the invitation seems to incorporate two London landmarks: the London Eye and the Shard. Is JetBlue trying to tell its employees something?
Additionally, the airline has reportedly been trying to secure landing slots for Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and London Heathrow (LHR). This is another indicator that JetBlue’s flights to Europe might be just around the corner.
There are rumors that JetBlue will initially use Airbus A321neo aircraft for its flights to Europe. JetBlue has placed orders for 85 Airbus A321neos.
While the A321LR or A321LXR has the range to connect the East Coast of the United States with London and Amsterdam, it is “only” a narrow-body aircraft.
So, what is next for JetBlue? Live and Let’s Fly received an email from a JetBlue employee stating that “[w]idebodies [are] being looked at for fleet expansion if London is a success (330 and 787).” The email also stated that JetBlue will start service from Boston to Heathrow on A321XLRs with mint configuration. Nonetheless, the airline has not set a firm date, as it is waiting for the new A321.
Adding widebodies to its fleet would definitely be a big step for JetBlue. Additionally, the airline does not own any Boeing aircraft at this time. Most of its aircraft are made by Airbus, and the Embraer 190 aircraft it currently operates are scheduled to be replaced by Airbus A220-300s over the next few years. At that time JetBlue would become an all-Airbus fleet. Unless it indeed decides to purchase Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
“Enhancing its International Presence”
JetBlue just announced on Friday that it is adding a new route from Fort Lauderdale to Guayaquil, Ecuador to “enhance [its] international presence and advance [its] focus city growth strategy.”
Starting service to Europe would definitely allow JetBlue to enhance its international presence. Additionally, adding widebodies to its fleet would allow the airline to serve more destinations around the globe.
What do you think? Will JetBlue announce service to Europe during the meeting in April? Do you think that it is a good idea for JetBlue to consider wide-body aircraft?