JetBlue has announced an agreement to exercise its option to add 30 additional Airbus A220-300 aircraft to its order book, bringing the total number of A220s in the airline’s fleet and on order to 100.
The aircraft’s strong economics and operational performance are a key to JetBlue’s long-term cost performance, while also enabling more sustainable flying, greater flexibility to support JetBlue’s network strategy, and the introduction of its all-new onboard experience to more customers.
Robin Hayes, chief executive officer of JetBlue said
We’re already seeing benefits from the eight A220s we’ve added to the fleet, and we’re very happy to have more on the way.
We’ve seen double-digit increases in customer satisfaction scores, and these fuel-efficient aircraft support our leadership in reducing carbon emissions.
With 30 additional A220s on order, we’re in a position to accelerate our fleet modernisation plans to deliver stronger cost performance and support our focus city network strategy.
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International said:
It is very rewarding to see a happy customer coming back for more aircraft not even a year after entry into service of its first A220.
We salute our friends at JetBlue on this landmark deal.
Over 700 A220 orders to date underscore the strong market appetite for this all-new single aisle aircraft.
In 2018, JetBlue announced its initial order of 60 A220s and the option for 60 additional aircraft. JetBlue converted 10 of 60 options to firm orders in 2019, and the 30 A220s now announced will enable acceleration of the retirement of JetBlue’s Embraer E190 fleet.
JetBlue say that the A220’s spacious and comfortable cabin makes it the perfect fit for JetBlue, which has consistently led U.S. airlines in onboard experience.
The airline’s A220s are outfitted with 140 Collins Meridian seats, customised around customer feedback and featuring a number of design elements with comfort and convenience in mind.
Seating is arranged in a two-by-three configuration offering multiple seating options for all party sizes and includes USB-C, USB-A and AC power at every seat.
JetBlue – which claims to offer the most legroom in ‘coach’ – makes great use of the A220’s ultra-modern design to create an elevated customer experience throughout the interior.
The airline explained that every aspect of the aircraft has been meticulously customised to create the perfect environment to deliver JetBlue’s award-winning service. Customer comfort is enhanced with bigger windows for better views and a more spacious feel, reconfigured overhead bins for additional carry-on bag capacity and 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.