First, we learned JetBlue was seeking to return to Atlanta in 2017. That’s great news for Atlanta travelers. But now, there some really big news from JetBlue’s Q2 earnings call today. First, JetBlue is expanding its popular Mint product by taking delivery of more A321s equipped with Mint cabins.
“JetBlue will take delivery of incremental aircraft over seven years. Specifically, Airbus is scheduled to deliver 15 incremental A321ceos (current engine option) starting in 2017, with five Mint deliveries expected in 2017 and the intention for most incremental deliveries in the following years to come in Mint. Further, JetBlue expects to take delivery of 15 incremental A321neos (new engine option) starting in 2020. The amendment provides flexibility to take deliveries in Mint or all-core configurations based on market opportunities. While it has not yet committed to this fleet type, JetBlue will have the option to configure the NEO aircraft in the long range version of the A321 – the A321LR – starting in 2019.”
Just an Idea for Now
Check out those “new possibilities” with the A321LR option. OK, that’s really nothing but another arrow pointing across the pond, but the A321LR has the range to serve Europe, and JetBlue appears interested in doing so. JetBlue officials made clear in this WSJ.com article that this is just something they are considering for the moment, but how cool would it be to have an airline like JetBlue as an option to get to Europe?
I’d definitely consider flying JetBlue to Europe. What about you?
-MJ, July 26, 2016