JetBlue Airways announced the start of its new non-stop service to Amsterdam from Boston’s General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport.
The new service is the airline’s second destination to the Venice of the North and Amsterdam is its third transatlantic destination, after London and Paris.
The airline has operated non-stop service to Amsterdam from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport since the end of August of this year. In addition, it has operated service to London for just over 18 months and non-stop service to Paris since last June.
„JetBlue’s expansion into key European markets is a critical conduit for Boston to fully recover its market share of international visitors,“ said Martha Sheridan, the CEO of Meet Boston.
The airline operated the inaugural flight using its new Airbus A321LR, or Long Range, aircraft.
The A321LR features the airline’s newest iteration of its Mint business-class cabin with 24 suites, each with a sliding door, with seats designed by Tuft & Needle, a mattress and bedding company owned by Serta Simmons Bedding.
In addition to the new suites, there are several Mint Studios, a seat that the carrier says provides the most space of any premium seat offered by a U.S. airline. Each aircraft equipped with a Mint cabin will have two Mint Studios in the front row. The Mint Studio includes a 22” seatback screen, an extra side table, and a guest seat that can accommodate a visitor from another Mint seat during the flight. The Mint Studio will also offer the largest lie-flat bed of any U.S. carrier, the airlines said.
Meanwhile, each Mint passenger will receive a blanket with a built-in foot pocket, a memory-foam-lined pillow, and an amenity kit with eye mask and earplugs.
The suites offer flannel-covered privacy dividers, concrete lampshades, and woodgrain table patterns. The seats are covered with imitation leather. Each suite has gradient lighting panels and the cabin has a new type of mood lighting, although the airline didn’t offer specifics on this.
The coach cabin, which the airline calls “core,” will feature seats that are 18.4” in width, among the widest in coach in the industry, and have a minimum seat pitch of 32”. There will be four rows of the airline’s premium economy lite section, Even More Space, with up to an additional 6” in seat pitch.
The seats feature an imitation leather product the airline calls “ultraleather,” and all seats have adjustable headrests, power outlets, and USB ports for charging, as well as a water bottle holder and several mesh pockets in the seat-back area. The aircraft’s cabin walls have been redesigned to give those in the window seats more space.
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