January 12 2021  |  Airline & Terminal News

JetBlue reveals look of A220 fleet

By Rick Lundstrom

The Meridian seat from Collins Aerospace

JetBlue today revealed the look of the A220-300, the first of 70 to be delivered to airline’s home at John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 5.

“With the A220 we’ve taken a state-of-the-art aircraft and added our award-winning touch to bring to life an experience only JetBlue could dream up,” said Jayne O’Brien, head of marketing and loyalty, JetBlue, in today’s announcement. “We look forward to welcoming customers onboard our newest aircraft, with incredible onboard comfort, one-of-a-kind design elements and unparalleled entertainment and connectivity.”

JetBlue’s A220 is outfitted with the Meridian seat from Collins Aerospace. In a first for the airline’s fleet, seating is arranged in a two-by-three configuration. Whether traveling as a couple or a family, JetBlue’s newest aircraft has multiple seating options for all party sizes.

Among the seat's features are:

  • 140 seats with an expanded width of 18.6 inches, the widest available for a single aisle aircraft and the widest in JetBlue’s fleet.
  • Six rows of Even More Space® seating
  • Enhanced cushion comfort and adjustable headrests with premium Ultraleather®, a softer, more breathable vegan leather material.
  • Contoured seatback design at knee level creating additional living space for every customer.
  • Custom designed seatback storage with mesh pockets, perfectly sized for water bottles and loose items.
  • Easy-to-reach in-seat power, featuring AC, USB-A, and USB-C ports.

Inflight entertainment options include Thales AVANT seatback system and ViaSat-2 connectivity. Every passenger aboard the A220 has expanded and personalized entertainment choices in nearly every region the airline flies. JetBlue is the first airline to receive an A220 with Viasat connectivity and only US carrier with free high speed Fly-Fi® on every plane, providing passengers with the ability to connect an unlimited number of devices and stream, surf, or chat during the entire flight, from gate to gate.

  • 10.1 inch, 1080P high definition screen at every seat.
  • 30 channels of DIRECTV® with DVR-like pause and rewind functionality, full seasons of shows, hundreds of movies, and premium content from HBO & SHOWTIME.
  • Picture-in-picture function.
  • Enhanced, 3D flight map offering multiple ways to track time to destination.
  • Personal handheld device pairing capabilities for use as a remote or gaming controller.
  • Expanded Fly-Fi® connectivity, providing coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network.
  • JetBlue is also maximizing the A220’s design to create an elevated passenger experience throughout the interior. Every aspect of the aircraft has been meticulously customized to create the perfect environment to deliver JetBlue’s award-winning service.

    • Bigger windows for better views and creating an overall spacious feel.
    • More spacious overhead bins for additional carry-on bag capacity.
    • Custom LED mood lighting designed to provide a more soothing inflight experience with lighting scenarios that change with time of day or phase of flight.
    • Redesigned front galley partitions to enhance customer privacy near crew workspace.
    • Lavatories featuring subway tile patterns – a nod to being New York’s Hometown Airline® – and gender-neutral signage unique to JetBlue.
    • Custom-created front and rear wall panel patterns, which incorporate dots and dashes from Morse code to spell out something fun.
    • Initially, the A220 will begin flying this spring before entering scheduled service by mid-June on JetBlue’s Boston – Fort Lauderdale route. The airline says new cities, routes and markets will be evaluated in the future as more aircraft join the JetBlue fleet.

      The A220 has a nearly 30 percent lower direct operating cost per seat than the current Embraer 190. The A220 is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which deliver double-digit improvements in fuel and carbon emissions. Optimizing fuel burn is an important first step in JetBlue’s cost-conscious sustainability strategy, and prioritizing fuel-efficient aircraft and engines aligns with JetBlue’s approach to reducing emissions. Earlier this year, JetBlue became the first major US airline to achieve carbon neutrality for all domestic flights, and later announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2040.

      JetBlue continues to navigate the new travel environment with a steady hand and a long-term view on recovery. The investment in the A220 allows the airline to continue to execute its low cost business model, and enables JetBlue to continue to offer low fares to more passengers.

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