The US carrier plans to use the aircraft on transcontinental services between New York and Los Angeles
JetBlue Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo configured with the carrier’s redesigned premium Mint experience.
N2105J (c/n 10101) was ferried from the European manufacturer’s Hamburg facility in Germany to the operator’s base at New York/JFK on February 26.
The jet is fitted with 16 Mint suites – including two Mint Studios – and 144 core seats. It will begin operations on select flights between New York and Los Angeles this summer.
Dubbed “NEO Mintality”, the narrowbody is the 270th aircraft in JetBlue’s fleet and the 16th A321neo to be delivered to the US carrier.
“With so much excitement around JetBlue’s London plans, we’re delighted to also introduce our fabulous, all-new transatlantic Mint suites to customers on select flights within the US,” said Jayne O’Brien, head of marketing and loyalty, JetBlue. “Our reimagined Mint and award-winning core experience, combined with the superior economics of the A321neo aircraft, will position us to compete effectively and add relevance to our customers in Mint markets.”
Chris Jones, senior vice president - customers, Airbus Americas, added: “JetBlue continues to leverage the versatility of the A321neo… [which] is ideally suited to the North American market with a winning combination of increased range and lower operating costs thanks to the aircraft’s reduced fuel burn.
“The passenger friendliness associated with the A321 cabin, blends very well with these enhanced operating efficiencies and are ideally suited to meet the demands of trans-continental travel - perfect for JetBlue’s US routes between JFK and LAX this summer.”
Travellers can spot the A321neo with Mint by its unique “Ribbons” tailfin. The design features three blues from the airline’s brand palette and is the first tailfin inspired by so-called “Op Art” – as in optical art – using simple shapes to create the illusion of three dimensions and movement.