JetBlue Takes Delivery of First Airbus A321LR Featuring New Airspace Cabin
JetBlue has taken delivery of the first of 13 Airbus A321LRs featuring Airbus’ new Airspace cabin. The new aircraft will support JetBlue’s highly anticipated transatlantic service launch, starting with direct flights to London later this year.
On Thursday (April 29, 2021), Airbus announced the delivery of JetBlue’s first of 13 Airbus A321LRs featuring the all new Airspace interior. JetBlue will deploy the new aircraft on their highly anticipated transatlantic service launch, starting with direct flights to London later this year. In addition to the A321 LRs, JetBlue has an order for 57 Airbus A321neo variants, which will also feature the Airbus Airspace interior. JetBlue’s A321 cabins will be the first single-aisle aircraft to feature the award-winning cabin design, which is consistent with the interiors of the Airbus A330neo and A350 widebody aircraft.
In Thursday’s announcement, JetBlue Airways Corp’s CEO, Robin Hayes, said,
“At JetBlue we are eagerly looking forward to introducing the Airbus A321 Long Range single-aisle aircraft with Airbus’ Airspace interior for our new transatlantic services. These aircraft will allow us to offer our customers attentive, boutique-style service, while also ensuring ample personal space, larger overhead bins, customized lighting and a design that gives the cabin a wide-body feel.”
Also commenting on the milestone delivery, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer, added,
“We are thrilled to have JetBlue set yet another trend and introduce Airbus’ new Airspace cabin on its long range service. For sure the outstanding comfort and in-flight transatlantic experience on board these aircraft will be a winner – for JetBlue, its valued passengers and crew alike!”
The Airspace cabin enhancements include unique customizable ‘hero lighting’ which helps reduce jetlag, new slimmer sidewall panels for extra shoulder-level space, redesigned window bezels and integrated window shades for better views. The design also features the latest full LED lighting technologies, the largest overhead bins in its class and new lavatories with hygienic touchless features and antimicrobial surfaces.
JetBlue’s new A321LR offers long-haul comfort in all classes, with 24 lie-flat adaptive mattress seats in the carrier’s premium Mint suites and 114 Economy Class seats which are 18.4 inches wide and feature a contoured seatback for extra knee space. Most Economy Class seats will offer a 32 inch pitch, while four dedicated rows of “Even More Space” seating will add an additional five inches, providing the most legroom of any transatlantic economy seat. The aircraft also features unlimited free high speed Wi-Fi and easy to reach in-seat AC and USB-C ports.
The Airbus A321LR is a member of the A320neo Family and offers a 30 percent reduction in fuel burn and a noise footprint that is nearly 50 percent smaller than previous generation aircraft. The aircraft has an increased range of up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400km), delivering true transatlantic capability and widebody comfort in a single-aisle cabin. As of March 2021, the A320neo Family of aircraft had received over 7,450 firm orders from more than 120 global customers.
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