JetBlue evaluating other A320 family models

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JetBlue Airways is examining adding Airbus A319 and A321 aircraft as its route map expands deeper into the Caribbean and Latin America.

Carrier CEO Dave Barger recently said while assessing the JetBlue's early performance on flights from Orlando to Bogota that the A320 at altitude was not the right aircraft if JetBlue wanted to serve the Bogota-JFK market.

During a recent interview with ATI Barger said JetBlue is evaluating the A319, which is capable to fly the Bogota-New York mission, and also performs better in east-west headwinds in US transcon markets.

The larger A321 is better suited for slot-controlled airports, and allows for dynamic scheduling, Barger explains.

Noting the "complex environment" of tight credit markets and economic uncertainty,Barger says JetBlue is not likely to make a decision regarding the variants before 2010 due to the shaky financing environment.

JetBlue's deliveries in 2010 are split between three A320s and three Embraer E-190s, Barger explains JetBlue has the option for deferral of the three E-Jets, so the carrier would only really need to finance three aircraft next year.