JetBlue Airways will fly its first four Airbus A321s without in-flight video and wi-fi, as the US government shutdown earlier this month continues to drag down plans for the carrier to get the services certified for use on the aircraft type.
JetBlue took delivery of its first A321 this quarter and will accept three more by the end of 2013. The airline had said previously it had expected to operate the first two A321s, which go into service in mid-December, without LiveTV and wi-fi. JetBlue is required to obtain a supplemental type certificate to offer these services on the A321s, a process that was pushed back by the 16-day US government shutdown.
JetBlue chief executive Dave Barger expects the process to take six weeks, and the airline will likely have the LiveTV and wi-fi switched on on the A321s in mid-January, he tells Flightglobal today.
The carrier is weeks away from rolling out broadband internet access on its A320s. One aircraft has been equipped with the service, called Fly-Fi, and a second one was started yesterday, says Barger.