The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has given regulatory approval for Jetblue’s planned transatlantic services from New York and Boston to London.
In a short statement the CAA said that the approval “marks the first scheduled foreign carrier permit that has been issued to a new operator since the UK’s exit from the European Union”.
“All non-UK air carriers that wish to undertake commercial services to, from or within the United Kingdom are required to hold a Foreign Carrier Permit before any flight is undertaken,” the CAA added.
Jetblue plans to commence transatlantic flights this summer, although an exact launch date has yet to be announced.
Flights will be operated by an A321LR aircraft, the tailfin design for which was unveiled in September.
The carrier secured slots at Gatwick and Stansted airports last year, but there have been reports in recent weeks that the carrier has also been allocated slots at Heathrow.
What is known is that the aircraft will offer brand new Mint business class suites with sliding doors.
There will also be two Mint Studios in the front row offering an extra side table “for added productivity”, a 22-inch tilting IFE screen, and a guest seat which can be used by another passenger when the aircraft is at cruising altitude.
Jetblue has also revealed details of a new economy catering concept for the flights, with passengers being offered a “build your own menu” with a selection of meals in partnership with New York’s restaurant group Dig.