JetBlue Formally Takes Delivery of their First of 70 Airbus A220-300s on Order
The carrier will ring in the New Year with today’s delivery of their first Airbus A220-300, tail N3008J, scheduled to arrive at JFK tonight from the Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.
On Thursday (December 31, 2020), JetBlue announced that they will formally take delivery of the first of 70 Airbus A220s on order today. The A220-300, tail N3008J, will arrive at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) tonight from the Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. As the new A220s are gradually phased in, they will replace JetBlue’s fleet of 60 Embraer E190s, offering a nearly 30 percent reduction in direct operations cost per seat. The new A220 fleet will also help the carrier reset their maintenance costs well into the decade, and JetBlue expects a 40 percent reduction in maintenance costs compared to their existing E190 fleet. In Thursday’s announcement, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer, Robin Hayes, said,
“The A220 is a next-generation aircraft our customers and crewmembers will love, featuring impressive range and superior economics to support critical financial and operating priorities along with new network planning flexibility. And as we evolve our fleet for the future, the A220’s significant reduction in per-seat emissions supports our ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality for all our domestic flights, and moves us closer to achieving our pledge of net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2040.”
Also commenting on today’s delivery, Airbus Americas’ Chairman and CEO, C. Jeffrey Knittel, added,
“JetBlue has revolutionized air travel, and we at Airbus are proud that our 20-year relationship has played a role in the airline’s many successes. This first A220-300 delivery creates new route possibilities for JetBlue, and raises their passenger experience to even higher standards.”
The A220 is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, delivering double-digit improvements in both fuel burn and carbon emissions. With range of up to 3,350 nautical miles and superior economics, the aircraft opens the door to new markets and routes which were previously unprofitable. JetBlue will reveal the interior design of the new aircraft throughout January 2021 which will include wider seats, spacious overhead bins and extra large windows, when compared to the E190.
JetBlue has formally taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300, assembled at Airbus's U.S. production facility in Mobile, Alabama – Courtesy Airbus/Businesswire
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 and Latin America. JetBlue Airways Corporation trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBLU.
Source(s): JetBlue Airways, Businesswire