JetBlue’s long-awaited London to Boston route finally launches this summer
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New York-based JetBlue on Tuesday announced the details of its long-awaited service from London to Boston Logan Airport.
Flights will begin this summer to and from both Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW) airports, CEO Robin Hayes said at a press conference at the airport.
Service to Gatwick launches 19 July while the Heathrow nonstops start 22 Aug.
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On the Gatwick route, JetBlue Flight 2104 will depart Boston and land in London at 6:35 a.m. the next morning, all times local. The return – JetBlue Flight 1926 – departs London at 12:15 p.m. for a scheduled arrival in Boston at 3:02 p.m.
The Heathrow-bound service from Boston will operate as JetBlue Flight 1620, departing at 6:32 p.m. with a scheduled arrival of 6:30 a.m., all times local. The return to Boston on JetBlue Flight 1621 is slated for an 8:25 a.m. departure and an arrival at 11:13 a.m.
Introductory fares on the routes begin at £381 round trip in JetBlue’s “core” economy product and at £1,488 round trip for its seats in its lie-flat Mint business-class cabin.
Even before Boston, London had been a long time coming for JetBlue.
The airline first announced its long-rumored transatlantic plans in April, 2019, at the time stating that it planned to launch service from New York-JFK and Boston in 2021. In May of last year, the airline said that it would fly from New York-JFK with daily service to both London Heathrow and London Gatwick — flights from JFK to London Heathrow were set in August, with flights to Gatwick beginning in September, although the airline reduced frequencies for the first few months as various pandemic-related border restrictions remained in place.
The Boston service, however, was postponed to 2022, with the airline citing pandemic-related aircraft delivery delays.
Service from Boston, like New York’s London flights, will be operated using JetBlue’s Airbus A321LR fleet, equipped with the airline’s top-of-the-line Mint Suites and Studios.
The 22 Mint Suites feature seats in a 1-1 Herringbone layout, with seats angled slightly in toward the aisle. Each suite is fully enclosed and has a sliding door that closes all the way, and features a 17-inch screen, plenty of storage spaces, and an integrated wireless phone charger.
The two Mint Studios at the front of the cabin have a ton of extra space, two windows, a belted side seat (so a travel companion can come and chat, or so you can move around a bit), and a 22-inch screen. The Studios have a price premium over the Suite.
There are also 117 “Core” economy seats, 24 of which are “Even More Space” extra legroom seats. All of those seats feature adjustable headrests with what the airline describes as “shoulder-friendly sidewalls.” Core seats have 10.1-inch screens, USB and standard AC power ports, and organized seat pockets.
The airline offers a unique meal service in Core on eastbound flights, partnering with New York-based Dig Inn to design a boutique “build-your-own” meal option. TPG staffers who’ve flown with the airline to London in Core seating — including this reporter — have been impressed.
In addition to London, JetBlue has its eyes set on destinations deeper into Europe. The airline has 13 of the even more extended range A321XLR in its order book, with the first scheduled for delivery at the end of 2024, and executives have repeatedly teased further-flung destinations.
“[The A321XLR] will give us greater access into central and Eastern Europe,” JetBlue president Joanna Geraghty told TPG in October.
“If you think about the range of the -321LR, think Western Europe, and think: where we do well tends to be overpriced markets where service is inferior. So longer-term, could it be Amsterdam, Paris, or Dublin? Those are some of the locations that I think the plane would do well from a range perspective,” she added at the time.
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