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A JetBlue A321neo being prepared for delivery in Hamburg (Photo: Tobias Gudat)

JetBlue Commences Airbus A321neo Flights

JetBlue has begun commercial flights with their brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft, as reported by Flightradar24. The aircraft’s first flight departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday morning, arriving in Orlando after a two hour flight. The airline originally planned to debut the aircraft on September 24, between New York and Fort Lauderdale. The flight appears to be a late aircraft swap, as the flight is normally operated with a standard Airbus A321.

On departure from New York, the flight received a water cannon salute as it departed the ramp. The aircraft will provide better fuel economy versus the older A321s. JetBlue presently has 58 additional A321neo aircraft on order with Airbus. The airline originally ordered 26 more A321neos, however, these were converted to orders for the A321LR and A321XLR.

The three-month-old aircraft features a similar interior to the airline’s Phase 2 retrofit, seen in the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft. The major difference between the new A321neos and the airlines older A321s is the introduction of a mid-cabin lavatory, and pantry. The pantry will feature snacks and drinks for passengers to grab inflight. The mid-cabin lavatory and pantry also splits the all-economy cabin into a front cabin and an aft cabin.

The aircraft will open up new route opportunities for the airline. On the same day as the first A321neo flight, the airline announced new service to Guyana. JetBlue will begin daily flights between New York and Georgetown, Guyana on April 2, 2020, utilizing the new A321neo aircraft. This is the second new route opened due to the A321neo, with a New York to Guayaqil, Ecuador flight beginning in December.

Daniel Morley
Daniel Morley
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