Long Island City, New York - The American low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo.
The new single-aisle jet of JetBlue was delivered from the Airbus’s delivery center in Hamburg Finkenwerder in Germany.
In April, the airline confirmed long-anticipated plans to start its first transatlantic routes from New York and Boston with the A321LRs in 2021.
More routes to the other European cities are likely to follow with the arrival of A321XLRs, the extra-long-range variant of the A321neo which was launched at the Paris Air Show two weeks ago.
Chief Executive Robin Hayes said that JetBlue would drastically reduce ticket fares in the transatlantic market, especially in the Premium cabin.
JetBlue's most powerful tool against its rivals is its new Premium cabin Mint featuring lie-flat seats, privacy doors and high quality dining such as Tapas and boutique vineyard wines.
We can go in with our friendly crews, low fares and good service, as we did with Mint. But we don't have some of the slots we need at some of the busiest airports in Europe. If regulators don't want to dismantle the joint ventures, we have to set some rules, such as slot divesture, Hayes said.
JetBlue currently has 85 Airbus A321neo family jets on order, including the long-range A321LRs, and recently committed 13 A321XLR.
As of today, the New York-based carrier’s fleet comprises 130 Airbus A320 and 63 A321 of the previous generation. JetBlue will become an all-Airbus operator when the 60 Embraer E190 in the fleet to be replaced by the Airbus A220-300s, of which the company has 70 on order with options for further 50 copies.