19 May, 2021

JetBlue names London Gatwick and London Heathrow as its first foray into the transatlantic battle ground.

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JetBlue is all set to bring transatlantic travellers low fares, new choices and incredible service as it lands at London Heathrow in August and London Gatwick from the end of September.

The hometown airline of New York has announced it will make its highly anticipated entrance into the transatlantic market with nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK and London Heathrow Airport LHR from 11th August and then London Gatwick Airport  LGW on 29th September.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer, Gatwick Airport said: “Being able to offer our customers the low cost, high-value experience from JetBlue, with daily flights to New York starting in just a few months, is a welcome addition to the choice of airlines and destinations which Gatwick currently has. Equally, we look forward to welcoming travellers from the U.S. who are looking for easy, quick access to London, the South of England and beyond. We believe this is a start of an important long-term partnership for us and we look forward to adding JetBlue flights to and from Boston next year.”

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Gatwick is the second busiest U.K. airport and JetBlue will operate from the North Terminal, "We have an incredible opportunity to secure long term slots in London’s second-largest airport, and we look forward to building our presence there over the long-term,"  Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue said: "Gatwick will perfectly complete our London service, giving customers options as they plan their travel. Gatwick is an attractive choice with its low costs, speed and convenience to Central London."

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Gatwick (LGW)
Daily Beginning September 29, 2021

JFK - LGW Flight #43

LGW - JFK Flight #44

7:50 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. (+1)

12:00 p.m. – 3:33 p.m.

London Heathrow,  some 14 miles west of Central London, was the second busiest airport in the world by international traffic in 2019 and JetBlue hopes its presence there will give it great brand visibility at an iconic global hub and the ideal base from which to build a vast customer network in the U.K. and beyond.

JetBlue will operate from Heathrow’s newest terminal, Terminal 2 and offers travellers a modern airport experience with access to dozens of shops and restaurants. Heathrow travellers benefit from a variety of convenient ground transportation options including the Heathrow Express and London Underground, which offer rail connections with Central London.

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"Our low fares will disrupt the pricing of the major carriers and massive joint ventures; JetBlue’s presence in this market is going to be immediately noticeable to customers," said Hayes. "When we launched Mint in 2014, we cut in half the cost of premium travel between New York and California, and now we’re ready to shake up the transatlantic market the same way, with Mint fares that will half the cost of a full-fare walkup business class seat on the legacy carriers. Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world, and our initial schedule is made possible due to temporary slot availability from the past year. We continue to work with the slot coordinators and the U.S. and U.K. governments to identify long-term pathways to continue serving Heathrow, as we believe the public benefit from true competition into this market will be extremely meaningful."

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR)
Daily Beginning August 11, 2021

JFK - LHR Flight #007

LHR - JFK Flight #20

10:10 p.m. – 10:10 a.m. (+1)

6:10 p.m. – 9:43 p.m.

JetBlue’s entrance into the transatlantic market will introduce a new era of customer-focused, low-fare travel for leisure and business travellers.

The airline’s Mint premium experience has been completely reimagined for transatlantic flying and promises to offer customers a fresh choice when flying between the U.S. and the U.K. JetBlue Mint features 24 fully lie-flat private suites with a sliding door – including two Mint Studios – and a custom-designed seat cushion developed by innovative mattress company Tuft & Needle. Its proprietary T&N Adaptive foam with a breathable cover creates a cool and comfortable sleep experience unlike anything in the sky. Mint also boasts countless intuitive design touches that help every customer feel at home in the air. JetBlue is also introducing its latest innovation – the stunning Mint Studio– which offers the most space in a premium experience from any U.S. airline.

JetBlue’s industry-leading core experience has also been reinvented for crossing the pond and offers a new level of service to customers who generally fly “coach” but still want a great experience at an attractive fare. With just 117 core seats – including 24 Even More Space Seats – customers will enjoy a boutique-style experience no matter where they sit. All of the comforts JetBlue customers have come to expect will be enhanced by the recently announced partnership with New York-based restaurant group Dig to bring its signature build-your-own dining concept to tray tables at 35,000 feet – JetBlue’s first complementary meal in core. Core customers will also enjoy a free selection of soft drinks, coffee, tea, beer, wine and liquor. The A321LR features new extra-large overhead bins, and all customers regardless of fare type will be allowed to bring one carry on, space permitting, and one personal item.

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Customers in both core and Mint will be able to stay connected throughout the flight, with JetBlue being the only airline to offer unlimited, free high-speed wi-fi on all transatlantic flights. Additionally, customers will have access to a curated selection of live TV channels – focused on news and sports – and an extensive library of seatback entertainment, allowing customers to have a multiple screen experience onboard – just like they do at home.
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For more on JetBlue’s London service and to book travel, visit https://www.jetblue.com/flying-with-us/london. Customers are also encouraged to visit JetBlue’s COVID-19 Info Hub for information about travel requirements to and from the U.K.

"JetBlue had been securing slots at both airports for some time and it is great to see the carrier deciding to serve both airports with a New York JFK route. The level of service the airline is offering on the routes certainly seems a cut above the rest and should be a breath of fresh air into the market." Jason Shaw said on Wednesday evening. "Although,  if I was in charge at JetBlue,  I'd be keeping a close eye on the competition as well as what happens at the airports, for its not unheard of for dirty tricks to occur!"

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