JetBlue Airways will deploy its first four Airbus A321 aircraft on high-traffic routes, like those to Fort Lauderdale in Florida and a handful of destinations in the Caribbean, the carrier confirms.
JetBlue expects to receive its first A321 later this week from Airbus’ facility in Toulouse, and three more of the type are expected to arrive by the end of the year.
Those aircraft will have 190 economy seats and will begin flying routes to Florida cities like Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, JetBlue’s director of A321 programmes Kelly Roe tells Flightglobal.
Initial aircraft will also fly to San Juan in Puerto Rico, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, the island of Barbados and potentially other Caribbean destinations, says Roe.
She made her comments on 30 September during a JetBlue event marking the introduction of Mint, JetBlue’s new premium product.
All nine A321s scheduled for delivery in 2014 will have the Mint cabin, which will include 16 lie-flat seats, four of them enclosed in mini suites.
Those aircraft, which will also have 143 economy seats, will only operate routes from New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
All JetBlue’s A321s will have new economy seats manufactured by B/E Aerospace, part of an effort by the carrier to upgrade its coach section.
The seats are more comfortable, JetBlue says, and have cup holders and larger 10.1in (0.26m) video screens.
JetBlue is scheduled to take delivery of another ten A321s in 2015 and seven in 2016, according to the Ascend Online database.
The airline has said it expects only 11 A321s will have a Mint cabin.