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JetBlue Airways has long been considering adding transatlantic flights, and it’s only a matter of time before they announce their plans. When you look at their aircraft on order, they’d be able to convert orders of the Airbus A321neo to A321LRs making them eligible for transatlantic flying.
If someone should be worried, it should be Delta and American who have a large amount of transatlantic flying out of New York’s JFK, since JetBlue offers a premium Mint product, so not only would they compete on routes, but they’d also be able to compete for the carriers business class passengers. Depending on the demand, expect to see larger Mint cabins on these planes around 20 seats instead of the current 16 seats in the cabin.
Per Air Transport World,
It is no secret that New York-based low-cost carrier (LCC) JetBlue Airways is considering transatlantic flights, but the mix of premium and economy seats the LCC could offer on those flights remains a subject of internal debate.
JetBlue could convert some of its Airbus A321neo orders to A321LRs when that type becomes available in 2019, CEO Robin Hayes said at the IATA AGM in Cancun. With the A321LRs, the carrier could cross the North Atlantic from New York and Boston.
JetBlue would not be competing with the new long-haul LCCs, such as Norwegian and Iceland’s WOW Air, for the lower end of the market, Hayes said. But JetBlue could disrupt the upper end of the market in the same way the long-haul LCCs have disrupted the lower end of the transatlantic market.
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