A first look at JetBlue's roomier new planes

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Cabins on the new Airbus A220-300s will feature 140 seats in JetBlue's first 3-by-2 configuration.
Cabins on the new Airbus A220-300s will feature 140 seats in JetBlue's first 3-by-2 configuration.

JetBlue is promising "incredible onboard comfort" on its Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

The carrier took delivery late last month of the first of 70 A220s it has on order. It plans to begin using the planes on some flights during the spring before entering it into scheduled service in mid-June on its Boston-Fort Lauderdale route.

The cabin will feature 140 seats in JetBlue's first two-by-three configuration. Seats will be 18.6 inches in width, the widest in JetBlue's fleet with the exception of its business class Mint seats. The aircraft will have 22 rows of standard seats with a separation between rows, known as pitch in industry parlance, of 32 inches. That's the same pitch as JetBlue has on its reconfigured Airbus A320 planes but two inches less than the carrier offered in its original A320 interiors.

Six rows of Even More Space seating will have 35 inches of pitch.

In a Tuesday announcement, the airline said its A220 will have contoured seatbacks at knee level to create a sense of additional space.

Among the features on the A220-300: Larger overhead bins.
Among the features on the A220-300: Larger overhead bins.

JetBlue, which has long offered free WiFi to all flyers and made entertainment a top priority, said its A220s will feature 10.1-inch, high-definition screens at each seat. Flyers will have a choice of 30 channels of DirectTV, including pause and rewind functionality. They'll also be able to choose among full seasons of shows, hundreds of movies and content from HBO and Showtime.

In addition, the systems will pair with personal handheld devices for use as a gaming controller.

The A220s will also feature enhanced WiFi through the satellite provider Viasat, which JetBlue said will expand coverage to nearly its entire network. Earlier JetBlue WiFi systems have lacked functionality on routes across the Caribbean.

JetBlue said its A220s will offer additional comfort enhancements, as well, including larger windows than its other aircraft, larger overhead bins and LED lighting designed to change with the time of day or phase of the flight.

The A220 will gradually replace the 100-seat Embraer E190s in JetBlue's fleet. The carrier said it can operate the planes at a cost of 30% less per seat than the E190. That savings, combined with the plane's expanded range, will open the door to new cities and routes, JetBlue said.

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