ALTA: JetBlue eyes Brazil with A321neos

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New York-based JetBlue Airways could add Brazil to its growing Latin American network when it receives its first Airbus A321neos in 2018.

"There is enormous potential in that market," JetBlue's director of sales for Latin America Chad Meyerson tells Flightglobal Pro.

JetBlue's chief commercial officer Robin Hayes says the carrier is currently limited from serving most cities in Brazil due to the range of its fleet, but this will change when the carrier's first A321neos arrive in 2018.

"It will give us a significant amount of range," Hayes adds. JetBlue began taking delivery of its first A321s with the current engine option this year, but Hayes says those A321s will not open up the entire Brazil market to the airline.

"We probably can reach Manaus from southern Florida, but we don't want to serve just one market in Brazil," he says.

JetBlue will launch flights to Lima this month, and the Peruvian capital will be the southernmost point in JetBlue's network. Latin America and the Caribbean contributes a third of JetBlue's total capacity, and JetBlue already interlines with Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM.