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JetBlue Adds 30 A220-300s to Order Book With Airbus, Raising Firm Order to 100 Aircraft

JetBlue has signed a firm order with Airbus for 30 additional Airbus A220-300s, increasing their commitment to 100 aircraft. With the new JetBlue order, Airbus’ firm order book for A220 aircraft increases to 740.

JetBlue Airways Airbus A220-300 - Courtesy Airbus

From the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday (February 15, 2022), Airbus announced that JetBlue Airways has signed a firm order for an additional 30 Airbus A220-300s, bringing the carrier’s total commitment for the aircraft type to 100. JetBlue started A220-300 operations in April 2021, and currently operates eight A220s in a 140 passenger configuration featuring Collins Meridian seats, USB-C, USB-A and AC power at every seat. JetBlue’s A220s are also equipped with Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 connectivity, with high definition screens at every seat. The airline is also the only U.S. carrier with free high-speed Fly-Fi® on every plane, allowing guests to connect an unlimited number of personal devices to stream, surf or chat during the entire flight. The Airbus A220 offers the largest cabin, highest ceiling , most spacious overhead bins and the largest windows in its class.

In today’s announcment, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer, Robin Hayes, said,

“We’re already seeing benefits from the eight A220s we’ve added to the fleet, and we’re very happy to have more on the way. We’ve seen double-digits increases in customer satisfaction scores, and these fuel-efficient aircraft support our leadership in reducing carbon emissions. With 30 additional A220s on order, we’re in a position to accelerate our fleet modernization plans to deliver stronger cost performance and support our focus city network strategy.”

Also commenting on the additional A220 order, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head or Airbus International, Christian Scherer, said,

“It is very rewarding to see a happy customer coming back for more aircraft not even a year after Entry into Service of its first A220. We salute our friends at JetBlue on this landmark deal. Over 700 A220 orders to date underscore the strong market appetite for this all-new Single Aisle aircraft.”

JetBlue’s first A220 arrived in December 2020, and the carrier is on track to take delivery of their ninth A220 this month, with nine more scheduled for delivery during 2022, followed by another 21 in 2023. The A220s will eventually replace JetBlue’s Embraer E190s, with the last aircraft retiring in 2026.

The Airbus A220 is the only clean sheet aircraft designed specifically for the 100-150 seat market and combines state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G GTF engines. The A220 is the quietest, cleanest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its class, delivering a 50 percent lower noise footprint and a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn compared to previous generation aircraft. Additionally, the aircraft provides approximately 50 percent lower NOx emissions compared the industry standard.

With the additional JetBlue order, Airbus increases their firm order book for A220 aircraft to 740. Currently, 15 airlines are operating close to 200 A220s on four continents. The flexible aircraft is optimal for regional as well as long-distance routes.

JetBlue is ‘New York’s Hometown Airline®’ and a leading carrier in Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO) and San Juan (SJU). The airline carries guests to destinations across the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America and London (Heathrow and Gatwick). JetBlue Airways Corporation trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBLU.

Source(s): Airbus, JetBlue Airways/Business Wire


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