JetBlue has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft configured with the airline’s reimagined premium Mint experience and an all-new onboard layout, which will serve domestic US routes.
The aircraft brings JetBlue’s total fleet count to 270 aircraft, is the airline’s 16th A321neo and the first of this aircraft type to feature Mint. It will first operate on select flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles International Airport this summer.
“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 JetBlue to compete effectively and add relevance to our customers in Mint markets.”
Chris Jones, Senior Vice President – Customers, Airbus Americas added: “The passenger friendliness associated with the A321 cabin blend 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.”
The first major design overhaul of Mint – designed in partnership with Acumen Design Associates – will debut on select flights between New York and Los Angeles this summer.
JetBlue is the first carrier to outfit its aircraft with Thompson Aero Seating’s VantageSOLO seat, the company’s single aisle seating solution with a herringbone configuration developed and designed specifically for narrow-body aircraft and further customised for JetBlue.
Each seat features a tilting 17-inch Thales AVANT seatback screen, wireless charging capabilities, an integrated phone ledge, and easy-to-reach in-seat power, as well as laptop, shoe and handbag stowage.
Each aircraft will also have two Mint Studios in the first row, providing room for working or relaxing, and featuring a 22-inch tilting Thales AVANT seatback screen, an extra side table for added productivity, and a guest seat that can accommodate an additional Mint customer during flight at cruising altitude. When reclined, customers can kick back and relax on the largest lie-flat bed of any US carrier.
Every Mint seat is layered with Tuft & Needle’s proprietary T&N Adaptive foam and a breathable cover to create a cool and comfortable sleep experience. The seat complements additional sleep amenities developed in partnership with the brand, including a convertible blanket with a built-in foot pocket, a memory foam lined pillow with a pillowcase, and a snooze kit with a matching eye mask and earplugs.
JetBlue’s core experience on the A321neo features the Collins Meridian seat, customised around customer feedback and featuring a number of design elements with comfort and convenience in mind.
The 144 seats have a width of 18.4 inches, the widest available for the A321neo aircraft. Each seat has a10.1 inch, 1080P high-definition screen, easy-to-reach in-seat power, featuring AC and USB ports.
In a first for the airline, there are heated floors in the front galley area for added crewmember comfort.