JetBlue has unveiled details of the economy cabin it will deploy on transatlantic flights, promising more comfort and better food and connectivity options than other carriers in the market.
"We know all too well the pain points of international flying -- the dreaded center section, the 'choice' of assembly-line chicken or beef, and the lack of connectivity," Jayne O'Brien, JetBlue's head of marketing and loyalty, said in a statement. "JetBlue is ready to change all that with our take on transatlantic travel where you are well taken care of and fully connected if you want to be."
The New York-based carrier plans to launch service to London this summer flying newly received Airbus A321LR single-aisle jets. JetBlue initially announced plans to begin flying across the Atlantic in April 2019, when the international travel market was robust. Routes were to include departures from Boston and New York JFK. The carrier has yet to announce which London airport it will be flying to and hasn't set launch dates.
The A321LR's economy class will be laid out six across in a 3-3 formation, offering width per seat of 18.4 inches, which is approximately half an inch wider than many offerings on other Airbus long-range aircraft and is about an inch wider than standard economy widths on Boeing long-range planes. The space between rows, or pitch, will be 32 inches, which is similar to but often an inch more generous than what United, American and Delta offer.
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Four rows of More Spacing seats will afford an additional six inches of pitch.
For meal service, JetBlue will partner with the New York-based restaurant group Dig to offer a selection of options with a healthy focus. Economy flyers will use their seatback screen to choose among three entree selections and two out of three side dishes. Dessert, complimentary liquor, a snack prior to arrival and a self-serve grab-and-go snack basket will also be on the menu.
On the entertainment front, JetBlue said it will be the only airline to offer free, unlimited high-speed WiFi on all transatlantic flights. Flyers will be able to choose among a selection of international live TV channels focused on news and sports or among a library of on-demand shows and movies, including content from HBO and Showtime.
Seatback screens will be 10.1 inches.
JetBlue will also offer an upgraded Mint business-class cabin for its London flights. In February, the carrier said the cabin will have 22 individual suites with sliding doors as well as two larger studios. The studios will offer the most square footage of any premium product on a U.S. airline, JetBlue says.