JetBlue Europe Bound

Jet Blue:   Boston to Europe in 2017

One of travelers’ favorite airlines in the U.S. could be headed to Europe.

JetBlue has placed an order for 30 Airbus A321s, which could set the airline up to expand overseas.

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said that some of the airplanes on order could be configured for trans-Atlantic travel, offering the “potential to consider markets in Europe,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We certainly see Europe as a great opportunity,” Marty St. George, JetBlue’s executive vice president for planning, told Bloomberg. “Our intention is that will be a plane that will give us trans-Atlantic range.”

At least 5 of the first A321s on order will be outfitted with Mint—JetBlue’s take on Business Class, with lie-flat seats, Birchbox-curated amenity kits, and seasonal menus. Mint is only available on select routes in the U.S. and Caribbean right now, but JetBlue says the premium cabin will be available on flights to 13 destinations by 2017.

The airline has until the end of 2017 to decide whether or not to upgrade some of the aircraft with extra fuel tanks and sturdier landing gear, which would allow JetBlue to launch new routes to Europe.

Link: Travel & Leisure Article      Link: USA Today Article

Source: Travel Industry News

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