JetBlue announced that it will convert thirteen existing orders it placed with Airbus for A321neo aircraft into an order for the newest A321XLR version. Also, it will exercise its options for ten A220-300 aircraft.
In April, the company announced its intention to launch service between New York-JFK and London in 2021. Though it plans to start transatlantic service with A321LR aircraft, the XLR variant will offer greater flexibility once those deliveries begin in 2023. Robin Hayes, the airline’s chief executive officer, noted that “The incredible extended range of the A321XLR allows us to evaluate even more overseas destinations as we think about JetBlue’s expansion into European markets…”
Counting the order placed today, the New York-based operator now has 70 on-order A220 aircraft. Deliveries of those aircraft will begin in 2025. The airline was drawn to the model’s customer-friendly amenities, like larger seats and overhead compartments.