It is no secret that JetBlue’s transatlantic ambitions aren’t restricted to London.
Earlier this week, the provider unveiled the small print of its hotly anticipated new service from New York to Paris, with flights commencing June 29. Flights from Boston to the French capital are anticipated to be added later this 12 months.
However whereas JetBlue could also be gearing up for this summer time’s massive Paris inaugural, the airline’s community planners are possible already desirous about what’s subsequent. In any case, the airline is slated to obtain 5 new Airbus A321LR, or long-range, plane this 12 months. It will additionally add 13 A321XLRs, or extra-long-range, jets beginning in 2024.
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So, the place will JetBlue fly subsequent? Listed here are some high contenders.
This one should not come as a lot of a shock to aviation observers.
With some luck (and many coaxing), JetBlue’s subsequent vacation spot will possible be Amsterdam. The provider lately petitioned the U.S. Division of Transportation for assist having access to slots at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).
To this point, the airline has been unsuccessful in securing takeoff and touchdown rights to the capital of the Netherlands. “Entrenched legacy carriers and joint ventures which have been round for years are impeding the power for others to develop,” Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and chief working officer, mentioned in a current interview with TPG.
If JetBlue finally wins the slots it must serve Amsterdam, it’ll add flights there. “We’re persevering with to knock on their door and hope that sooner or later they open it and allow us to in,” Geraghty mentioned.
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One other risk is Dublin.
There’s persistently been sturdy demand for flights from the Northeast to Eire, and JetBlue possible would not have a problem filling a 138-seat jet from New York or Boston to Dublin.
Moreover, the airline already has a codeshare partnership with Irish flag provider Aer Lingus, and the 2 airways are co-located in New York and Boston. JetBlue may possible add flights that complement Aer Lingus’ present service.
Again within the day, JetBlue had a codeshare partnership with TAP Air Portugal. The pact meant that vacationers may e-book flights to and from Portugal by way of JetBlue, with the New York-based provider offering the home feed to TAP’s U.S. gateways.
Although the partnership now not exists, again in 2017, as a lot as 17% of TAP’s general transatlantic passenger visitors got here from JetBlue’s feed.
Whereas demand patterns change over time, there would not appear to be a scarcity of vacationers flying between the U.S. and Europe. So, it is attainable JetBlue might give Lisbon a strive by itself.
Talking of hovering demand for transatlantic journey, Copenhagen looks like one other market which may match the invoice for JetBlue.
There’s a regular stream of vacationers headed to or from the capital of Denmark, particularly throughout the hotter months, so it is attainable that Copenhagen may grow to be a seasonal marketplace for JetBlue.
The Airbus A321LR has a variety of 4,000 nautical miles (although it might differ relying on the cabin configuration). Copenhagen is definitely inside that vary from New York and Boston (3,340 and three,179 nautical miles, respectively).
One other main European vacation spot that is perhaps on JetBlue’s future route map is Rome. Nonetheless, serving the Italian capital with its present fleet of A321LRs may pose an issue.
That is as a result of Rome is about 3,700 nautical miles away from New York, which is probably going pushing the vary of the A321LR, particularly when the jet faces sturdy headwinds within the westbound route.
So whereas Rome is probably not imminent, it is possible a high contender for JetBlue’s upcoming Airbus A321XLRs, which provide an extra 700 nautical miles of vary over the LR variant.
With an order for 13 XLRs, JetBlue could have the pliability to decide on the way it deploys these jets. Along with pushing deeper into continental Europe, this may possible enable the airline so as to add extra routes to present European cities from farther away within the U.S.