Encouraged by the success of its Mint lie-flat premium cabins on their existing routes, JetBlue said it will expand the service to seven more transcontinental markets over the next two years.
The airline first introduced Mint service on its New York JFK-San Francisco and JFK-Los Angeles routes; it recently added Mint cabins between San Francisco-Boston and will do the same this fall between Los Angeles-Boston.
Today the carrier said that starting next year, it will introduce the premium service between San Francisco-Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles-Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas-JFK, San Diego-JFK, San Diego-Boston, Seattle-JFK and Seattle-Boston. The company said all of those routes have “strong demand for premium travel.”
“Our plan has long called for strategic growth of Mint on these valuable transcontinental routes, and now is the right time for us to capture this opportunity to bring much needed competition where customers are facing dwindling choices,” said JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes.
JetBlue is due to take delivery of nine Mint-equipped Airbus A321s in 2017 and even more of the aircraft the following year. The Mint cabins have seats that recline to a fully-flat position, some with low sliding doors for privacy; 15-inch video monitors with free entertainment selections; enhanced food and beverage offerings, and amenity kits. JetBlue also provides its free high-speed Wi-Fi service – called Fly-Fi – for all passengers on its Airbus fleet.
The airline has also been expanding Mint service to parts of its Caribbean network. The premium cabins are available on year-round service from New York JFK to Barbados and on a seasonal basis from New York to Aruba and Boston-Barbados. JetBlue recently announced it will also offer the premium cabins on a seasonal basis starting in November from New York JFK to St. Lucia and St. Maarten and from Boston to Aruba.
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