That was fast. Just a few weeks ago, JetBlue presented its new seats in the Mint Suite and Mint Studio. Now the airline has already delivered its first aircraft with these cabins.
JetBlue’s remarkable A321neo delivery
On Friday, JetBlue received an Airbus A321neo with registration code N2105J, which is also the first aircraft to feature the new Mint Suite and Mint Studio seats. This is the 16th A321neo the airline has taken over and the first A321neo to feature a Mint cabin.
For those of you who are not familiar with the A321neo, “neo” stands for “new engine option”. This plane has engines that are more economical and the plane also has a longer range. The A321neo was delivered from Hamburg to the airline where it is manufactured. The flight from Hamburg to New York took 8 hours and 10 minutes.
This new A321neo has a total of 160 seats, including 16 Mint seats (14 Mint Suites and two Mint Studios) and 144 Economy seats. For comparison: the American A321neos has 196 seats.
Mint Studio on the new A321neo from JetBlue
Mint Suite on the new A321neo from JetBlue
Pantry on the new A321neo from JetBlue
This A321neo can be easily identified by its unique tail fin. The design features three shades of blue from the airline’s range of brands and it is the first tail fin to be inspired by so-called “op art” (optical art) using simple shapes to create the illusion of three dimensions and movement.
Heck of the newest A321neo from JetBlue
What route will the new JetBlue A321neo fly?
JetBlue plans to start flights to London this summer. However, the A321neo that the airline has just taken over is not used for this.
That’s because JetBlue has ordered A321LRs, which are even larger versions of the A321neo that can easily operate transatlantic flights. In addition, the A321LRs are offered in a premium configuration with 24 mint seats instead of 16 mint seats.
Rather, these new A321neos will operate domestic flights. The first A321neo with new Mint seats is expected to operate select flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) starting this summer. So far we don’t know the exact start date or frequencies for this aircraft, so we need to stay informed. It sounds like the new Mint product will likely be launched on transcontinental flights before transatlantic flights.
The fact that the new A321neo has 16 mint seats also adds to the efficiency of this configuration. JetBlue also currently has 16 Mint seats on the A321, so the airline will house 16 of the new seats (including two Mint studios) in the same space.
JetBlue’s current A321 Mint
JetBlue has received its first A321neo with new mint seats. The plane will fly between New York and Los Angeles starting this summer. Hopefully we will soon find out what frequency this aircraft is receiving and how much premium JetBlue will cost for the Mint Studio.
It’s great to see how fast JetBlue is bringing this new product to market as there is only a few weeks between the product’s release and the shipping of the first aircraft with the new seats. Compare that to Lufthansa, where there is roughly six years (at least) between the release of a new product and the actual launch.
What do you think of JetBlue’s newest A321neo?