JetBlue has been busy, with the airline securing permanent slots at London Heathrow, whilst choosing to expand its operations out to Gatwick Airport.
JetBlue Airbus A321LR – Image, JetBlue via Twitter.
Heathrow’s slots are always a challenge for obtaining slots at an appropriate time of day., but it seems JetBlue has obtained “reasonable slots – with the airline receiving permanent slots at London Heathrow Airport for flights starting 29th October 2022.
The permanent slots allow JetBlue to retain its presence and visibility at the U.K.’s busiest airport as it continues to grow its base of transatlantic travellers.
Planned operations out of Heathrow are as follows:
B6007 DEPART JFK 21:05 ARRIVE LHR 09:30+1 B6020 DEPART LHR 10:45 ARRIVE JFK 14:05 Commences 29th October (Eastbound, 30th October (Westbound) Booked Equipment: Airbus A321LR
JetBlue operates from Heathrow Terminal 2 in the Central Terminal Area.
Growing at Gatwick
JetBlue announced is growing its transatlantic service with a third daily flight between New York City and London. Starting October 29, 2022, JetBlue will operate a second daily flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and London Gatwick Airport.
The new frequency will complement an existing daily flight between New York and Gatwick, as well as JetBlue’s once-daily service between New York and Heathrow.
Planned operations are as follows:
B6043 DEPART JFK 19:47 ARRIVE LGW 08:16+1 B6003 DEPART JFK 21:59 ARRIVE LGW 10:22+1 B6044 DEPART LGW 12:00 ARRIVE JFK 15:04 B6004 DEPART LGW 14:00 ARRIVE JFK 17:05 Commences 29th October Eastbound, 30th October Westbound Booked Equipment: Airbus A321LR
JetBlue operates from the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport.
Bostin to Boston
JetBlue’s transatlantic expansion in New York comes as the airline prepares to launch London service in its Boston focus city this summer. Service between Boston Logan International Airport and Gatwick launches on 4th August 2022 and service between Boston and London Heathrow launches on 20th September 2022.
Planned operations for the two flights are below:
B62104 DEPART BOS 18:37 ARRIVE LGW 06:35+1 B61926 DEPART LGW 12:15 ARRIVE BOS 15:02 B61620 DEPART BOS 18:45 ARRIVE LHR 06:30+1 B61621 DEPART LHR 08:25 ARRIVE BOS 11:21 Boston-Gatwick starts 4th August (Eastbound), 5th August (Westbound) Boston-Heathrow starts 20th September (Eastbound), 21st September (Westbound). Booked Equipment: Airbus A321LR
JetBlue flights between the U.S. and London are operated using the Airbus A321LR aircraft with 24 Mint suites, and 114 core seats fitted with the Airspace by Airbus cabin interior. The seating is based on the Thomson Vantage Solo seats for the Mint cabin for those seeking transatlantic comfort.
Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue said:
“The U.S. – U.K. air corridor is among the busiest in the world and to effectively compete JetBlue is adding more flights across the North Atlantic, growing from just one daily flight last summer to five by this fall,”
. “And with permanent slots at Heathrow – the highest in-demand slots globally – we’re now positioned to provide long-term service at one of the busiest airports in the world. This is an incredible opportunity for a carrier like JetBlue as we introduce transatlantic travelers to our great fares and award-winning service.”
Increasing visibility, as well as options
As usual, when it comes to airport slots- getting the”optimal” ones can be a challenge – one that JetBlue has finally managed to secure. However, it’s easy to see that growth at Heathrow is not an easy thing, with the airline choosing to double its service out of Gatwick instead.
However, with the airline starting to scale to five transatlantic trips a day, there will be eyes where the airline can expand next, with plenty of options on the table.
It’ll be up to JetBlue to work out where the most profitable options could be and how they can serve it with the Airbus A321LR.
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