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JetBlue Launches First New York to London Flight

A JetBlue A321LR delivered with the company’s Airspace cabin (Photo: Airbus)

JetBlue Airways is expanding its network with its first transatlantic route from New York-JFK to London Heathrow. The route will be operated by its brand-new Airbus A321LR aircraft and began Wednesday evening. Travelers can expect an enhanced inflight experience, complete with build-your-own meal offerings, generous legroom and seat width, free unlimited WiFi, seatback entertainment and more.

JetBlue Launching to London Heathrow

Serving London has been a top priority for JetBlue, and in March 2021, the airline finally solidified 270 slots at Heathrow Airport. Of those, 180 are allocated to New York-JFK service and 90 to Boston service. The carrier is launching its inaugural flight from New York-JFK to London Heathrow on Aug. 11 with a 9:48 p.m. redeye. The flight is expected to land in Heathrow at 10:10 a.m. local time the following day.

The crew for JetBlue’s first JFK to London flight (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Taylor Rains)

While JetBlue is initially flying to Heathrow, the airline has not ruled out serving multiple airports in London and at one point considered launching to the less favorable London Gatwick Airport.

Banking on Business Demand

Although the pandemic has temporarily halted most corporate travel, the New York-London route has high business demand, and JetBlue is banking on these travelers, and high-budget leisure passengers, to fill its Mint cabin. With this expectation in mind, JetBlue has chosen the Airbus A321LR aircraft to run the route, which has been configured with 24 refreshed Mint suites and 114 ‘Core’ seats. The aircraft will also feature two innovative “front-row Mint studios” and 24 Even More Space seats in ‘Core.’

JetBlue’s new Mint Suite will debut later this year on flights to London and select flights between Los Angeles and New York. (Photo: JetBlue)

JetBlue is focused on the customer and hopes its unique take on transatlantic travel will make it a top choice for travelers.

Jayne O’Brien, JetBlue’s Head of Marketing and Loyalty, said in a press release, “From generous personal space, to our innovative build-your-own dining concept, every detail has been thoughtfully designed and will be made even better with the attentive service standards that a single-aisle aircraft allows. We know all too well the pain points of international flying – the dreaded center section, the ‘choice’ of assembly-line chicken or beef, and the lack of connectivity. JetBlue is ready to change all that with our take on transatlantic travel where you are well taken care of and fully connected if you want to be.”

Taylor Rains


  • Taylor Rains

    Taylor Rains graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Aviation Management in 2017. She has worked in the aviation industry for the past five years and has a specialty in safety analytics for part 121 airlines, but she has also worked for a part 135 company in Alaska. Her experience has allowed her to work in many areas of aviation, including airport operations, flight operations, security, inflight, dispatch, and maintenance. Taylor is also an avid traveler and has used her flight benefits to fly on as many airlines and aircraft types as possible. So far, her favorite flight has been aboard KLM’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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