JetBlue Launching Mint Business Class to Caribbean
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JetBlue announced plans to introduce its lie-flat Mint business class on its flights from New York JFK to Aruba and Barbados starting in November. The move will make JetBlue the only US airline to offer regularly scheduled lie-flat service to the Caribbean.
JetBlue first announced Mint class back in March 2013, and introduced the new cabin on its flights from JFK to LAX and SFO in 2014. The move was a game-changer in that it brought the cost of transcontinental lie-flat business class down to as low as $599 each way – about half of what competitors such as American and United typically charge.
The move is both surprising and unsurprising for a few reasons. While it might have seemed more likely to see the service on some of JetBlue’s longer domestic flights from other hubs like Boston, the airline seems to be putting it on some of its longer and most highly trafficked seasonal routes to the Caribbean. So there is a chance that we could see Mint switched to other routes during other seasons.
Last year, I flew JetBlue from New York-Los Angeles and was really impressed with the Mint cabin’s swanky design and surprisingly delicious food, so for those headed to Aruba or Barbados, this will be a nice option to have.
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Like the transcon service, the Mint cabin on these flights will be aboard the airline’s A321’s. Mint will be offered once weekly (on Saturday) between November 7, 2015-April 30, 2016 with more frequent service planned over the holidays.
Everything else about the service should be the same as on the flights from JFK to LAX and SFO, including pricing starting at $599 each way.
As a reminder, the Mint cabin has five rows of seats. Three are laid out in a 2 x 2 configuration, while the other two are private suites with closing “doors” and just one seat on each side of the aisle. They are 6’8” long and 22.3 inches wide with a massage function, adjustable firmness and shoe storage as well as electrical outlets and USB ports. Each has its own 15-inch personal monitor with 100+ channels of DirecTV and SiriusXM Radio.
The menus include a choice of 3-5 tapas-style plates created by Saxon + Parole, a New York-based restaurant group, dessert by Blue Marble Ice Cream and pastries from Mah-ze-Dah Bakery. Mint flyers also receive his-and-hers Birchbox amenity kits. The Caribbean flights might have new menus, though, or possibly specialty cocktails, so stay tuned for more information as these flights roll out.
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