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JetBlue Extends Transatlantic Service to London Heathrow Through October 2022
JetBlue announced today the extension of its service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many larger carriers dropped flights between the two destinations, allowing JetBlue to pick up temporary slots which began in August 2021. Finding success, JetBlue worked with local authorities to extend operations through October 2022.
“The response on both sides of the Atlantic has been overwhelmingly positive, and it’s now widely recognized that losing JetBlue on this route would be a major setback for travelers who enjoy low fares and great service,” said JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes in a statement. “We are committed to collaborating with regulators as well as the U.S. and U.K. governments to identify a pathway to staying at Heathrow for the long-term. There’s so much more good we can do as we grow this route if we are allowed to stay and compete.”
Now well into its stint in the transatlantic market, JetBlue’s entrance into the premium-traffic-dominated segment introduced a new era of customer-focused, low-fare travel for leisure and business travelers.
“We’re delighted that JetBlue is extending its schedule at Heathrow through summer next year,” said Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye. “JetBlue’s signature service and fuel-efficient aircraft, combined with the value for money Heathrow delivers customers, is the perfect combination to change the way people think about transatlantic travel. More competition and choice between airlines delivers even better value for passengers at Heathrow which is why we will continue to support JetBlue’s long-term future at the U.K.’s hub airport.”
On the route, JetBlue utilizes its Airbus A321LR, an aircraft with the range capabilities similar to the typical wide-body aircraft utilized between the two destinations, but has the economics of a narrow-body aircraft.
The A321LR features 114 economy seats, each at 18.4 inches wide with AC and USB-C power. There will be 24 seats of Even More Space seating that offers up to six inches more pitch. Passengers also have the option of upgrading into JetBlue Mint, a section of the cabin featuring 24 fully lie-flat private suites with sliding doors for more privacy, as well as two Mint Studios.
JetBlue currently operates daily service between New York and London. Flight 007 departs New York at 9:38 p.m. and arrives in London the following morning at 10:05 a.m. Flight 20, from London, departs at 2:00 p.m.and arrives in New York at 5:08 p.m.
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