Jetblue has unveiled its Airbus A220-300, the first of 70 new aircraft on order. The low-cost carrier is the third North American airline to operate the A220, following Air Canada and Delta.
Featuring 140 seats in a 2-3 configuration, the arrival of the A220 means an upgraded cabin with larger windows, bigger overhead bins, and mood lighting for travellers.
Jetblue’s A220 is fitted with a Collins Meridian seat, similar to the carrier’s refreshed A320, and offers 18.6 inches of width. The product also includes a Thales Avant inflight entertainment system with 10.1-inch HD screens, 30 channels of satellite TV, as well as in-seat power via AC and USB outlets.
Additionally, Jetblue is the first airline globally to receive an A220 equipped with Viasat connectivity, offering complimentary high-speed wifi.
The aircraft is expected to enter scheduled service by mid-June, beginning with Jetblue’s Boston to Fort Lauderdale route. It will eventually replace the carrier’s ageing fleet of Embraer 190 regional jets, reducing operating costs per seat by 30 per cent.
The A220’s longer range will also enable Jetblue to serve new markets and routes that would have previously been unprofitable. The carrier said it expects to receive seven more A220s by the end of this year.
Jayne O’Brien, head of marketing and loyalty at Jetblue, commented:
“With the A220 we’ve taken a state-of-the-art aircraft and added our award-winning touch to bring to life an experience only Jetblue could dream up.
“We look forward to welcoming customers onboard our newest aircraft, with incredible onboard comfort, one-of-a-kind design elements, and unparalleled entertainment and connectivity.”