Jet Blue Mint Service

April 12th, 2019 at 10:08:51 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Jetblue is acquiring 85 Airbus A321neos, and has just announced the commencement of service to London from both JFK and BOS. They have not chosen which airport in London they will be flying to.

The A321neo is the longest range single aisle jet currently being manufactured with a range of 4000 nm (equivalent to a B757)
Four USA airlines have ordered this jet
100 American
100 Delta
85 JetBlue
34 Frontier

The shorter range A320neo has three orders from the USA
180 Frontier
43 Spirit
30 Virgin America (not yet canceled by new owners Alaska Air)
Alaska Air prior to the MAX crashes planned to cancel this order and switch to all MAX purchases. They have made no public statements about change in acquisition strategy.
April 14th, 2019 at 11:48:37 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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Quote: Pacomartin
Jetblue is acquiring 85 Airbus A321neos, and has just announced the commencement of service to London from both JFK and BOS. They have not chosen which airport in London they will be flying to..
Passengers want to get there and back reliably and in relative 'comfort'. Inner city runways are helpful.

The airline has to worry about financing, maintenance, fleet and pilot 'mix', etc.

The sole question is will the shorter range 'neo' continue to be ordered if it is marginal for trans-oceanic traffic. I celand is a great country but businessmen tend to head elsewhere.
April 14th, 2019 at 12:12:10 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Fleastiff
Passengers want to get there and back reliably and in relative 'comfort'. Inner city runways are helpful.

The airline has to worry about financing, maintenance, fleet and pilot 'mix', etc.

The sole question is will the shorter range 'neo' continue to be ordered if it is marginal for trans-oceanic traffic. I celand is a great country but businessmen tend to head elsewhere.


The shorter range "A320neo" will carry up to 195 seats with a maximum Fuel capacity of 7,060 USg.

The longest flight it is currently being used is Moscow to Canary islands (DME-TFS) a distance of 3,272 mi
In comparison, Boston to London (BOS-LHR) is 7 miles closer at 3,265 mi


That said the A321neo will probably be used exclusively for TransAtlantic flights. The winds can be very strong in the westbound direction and the airlines don't like unplanned refueling stops in Canada. It would be too much of a risk with an A320neo.

The A320neo will be used for international flights to Mexico, Canada, Caribbean, and domestic flights.
April 16th, 2019 at 2:56:09 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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JetBlue can easily reach many European destinations from Boston with it's new single aisle jets. The first line is the longest current flight 3317 nautical miles, and the second line is 3500 nautical miles



Busiest international routes to and from BOS (2016) using double-aisle jets
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 791,190 British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic
2 Canada Toronto–Pearson, Canada 450,085 Air Canada, WestJet
3 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland 347,279 Aer Lingus, Delta
4 United Arab Emirates Dubai–International, United Arab Emirates 346,464 Emirates
5 France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France 344,087 Air France, Delta, Norwegian Air Shuttle
6 Iceland Reykjavík–Keflavík, Iceland 334,435 Icelandair
7 Germany Frankfurt, Germany 273,197 Lufthansa
8 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 255,965 Delta
9 Canada Toronto–Billy Bishop, Canada 196,029 Porter Airlines
10 Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland 179,885 Swiss

It will be interesting to see if JetBlue can displace Delta as the major USA transAtlantic carrier from Boston. American Airlines and United Airlines do not fly TransAtlantic from Boston.