JetBlue lands in London on inaugural transatlantic service

The carrier is looking to shake up the highly competitive market

New York-based JetBlue Airways has completed its inaugural transatlantic revenue passenger service to London. 

Almost five years in the making, the event marks the beginning of its highly anticipated expansion across the pond. 

Despite storms delaying its departure, Flight 7 departed New York/JFK at 9.48pm local time and touched down at London/Heathrow ahead of schedule at 9.30am. 

Airbus A321XLR
Seen here crossing Myrtle Avenue, the twinjet landed around 40 minutes early. Twitter/picsthomasgg 

The near seven-hour service was operated using the company’s brand-new Airbus A321LR, N4022J (c/n 10303), which was delivered to the carrier in April. 

Fitted with 128 seats in a two-class configuration, the jet features 114 Core and 24 Mint suites. 

Onboard the flight were 102 passengers with 22 in the premium cabin and 80 in economy. 

The firm expects to launch services to Gatwick from September 29 and from Boston/Logan to the London in the summer of next year. 

Reporting for Key.Aero, aviation journalist Chris Sloan was on board the flight: "The atmosphere was mostly joyous and informal. Many expected (and feared) a party flight with lots of ceremony but that didn’t come to pass," he commented. "This was a short overnight flight with precious few hours for sleep. Apart from some souvenirs, US and UK flags and applause on the takeoff landing and roll, there was very little pomp and circumstance. That was reserved for the gate. The Airspace cabin’s lighting scheme and roominess with the larger window bevels and flatter sidewalls. The very enthusiastic crew was easily the best aspect of the flight."

Travelling in JetBlue's Core class, Sloan admitted to being nervous about flying economy across the pond, but afterwards concluded: "Core is instantly the economy product to beat on the transatlantic market. I consider it a disruptive product like Virgin was back in the day. And the price certainly is right bringing competitors fares down once its tickets went on sale. Call it the JetBlue effect. Mint is already the best domestic US premium product. I can hardly wait to try Mint 2.0 on my return back to the U.S."

Look out for Chris Sloans full report on Key.Aero soon!