JetBlue continues to expand its A321LR operation, with the airline planning to start services to Paris in 2023.
JetBlue Airbus A321LR arriving at Heathrow Airport – Image, Economy Class and Beyond.
It marks the second European market the airline is to enter, after successfully entering the USA-London market.
JetBlue plans to launch nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in summer 2023, and will later add nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Paris-CDG. Seats will go on sale in the coming months.
The exact dates have not been confirmed at this time when JetBlue wishes to commence service.
JetBlue plans to offer flights to Paris from both cities as it continues to grow its relevance in the Northeast with new routes most frequently requested by customers. According to the airline, the US-France market is the second biggest in the world.
Here’s JetBlue’s infographic.
The airline plans to launch the service utilising its fleet of Airbus A321LR, featuring its MINT Business class service and CORE economy cabin, with the option of “Even More Space” seating offering 114 seats in Core and 24 seats in MINT
Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. said
“JetBlue is offering something completely unique to what you get from the big global legacy airlines on these routes – where a single high-fare joint venture operates nearly three-quarters of the flying,”
“The response to our London service is proof that combining great service with low fares works. We can’t wait to bring our reimagined Mint and core offerings to Continental Europe’s most visited city.”
Anne-Laure Tuncer, Director USA Atout France and regional coordinator for the Americas said
“Atout France would like to welcome JetBlue into the family of carriers that have chosen to service France,”
“With so much pent up demand, JetBlue is just in time to have their American customers experience the vitality and diversity of France’s offerings, new culinary itineraries, exciting upcoming sporting events – such as the Rugby World Cup 2023 and the Paris Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024 – and everything else France is known for.”
It’s going to need a few more aircraft, however…
It’s been noted elsewhere that JetBlue is waiting in the delivery backlog of Airbus A321LR aircraft – like a lot of the industry to launch these services, with only 7 out of its fleet of 14 having been delivered so far.
Considering most of these are committed to the Heathrow and Gatwick services currently, that leaves very little flexibility for the airline to launch this route with their premier product.
Paris for some will be an attractive option – and there are plenty of options from the USA to France as it stands – and a lot more when factoring indirect options.
It’ll be up to JetBlue to work out how to market its service beyond its normal customer base and how it can show itself off in a rather crowded market.
For more details on JetBlue’s plans for service to and from Paris, visit www.jetblue.com/paris.
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