JetBlue Airways is a low cost airline that is the seventh largest airline in North America by passengers carried. JetBlue operates over 1,000 flights daily and serves 100 destinations in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. In summer 2021, JetBlue expects to launch its first transatlantic service with flights from New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS) to London’s Gatwick (LGW) and Stanstead (STN) airports.
On February 1, 2021 JetBlue revealed the new seats it will offer in business class on transatlantic flights. JetBlue will use brand new A321LR to fly to London. The single aisle planes will be outfitted with the latest version of JetBlue’s Mint business-class seats. They are called Mint Suites. Mint Suites feature direct aisle access, lie-flat beds, and a door.
JetBlue A321LRs that will fly to London will have 24 Mint Suites arranged 1-1 in a herringbone fashion. JetBlue is refitting some existing A321s with Mint Suites primarily for flights between New York and Los Angeles. Those planes will have 16 Mint Suites.
Mint Suites will have a tilting 17-inch Thales AVANT seatback screen, wireless charging capabilities, an integrated phone ledge for multitasking, and in-seat power, as well as laptop, shoe and handbag stowage.
Two seats at the front of business class are designated as Mint Studio seats. Mint Studio seats occupy a larger “footprint” which provides greater space for working or relaxing. They have a 22-inch tilting Thales AVANT seatback screen, an extra side table for added productivity, and a guest seat that can accommodate an additional Mint customer during flight at cruising altitude.
The Mint Studio offers the most space, 22.7 square feet, of any premium seat flown by U.S. airlines, according to JetBlue. The bed is said to be the largest lie-flat bed of any U.S. carrier measured by total reclined bed surface area.
Mint Suites and Mint Studio are both business class seats and will receive the same service. The price for the Mint Studio will surely be higher considering the extra space, but that hasn’t been explained so far.
The new Mint products are very inviting. JetBlue followed the trend and put a door on this business-class seat thereby giving it the right to be called a “suite.” That designation does not ensure a roomy feel. Some business class seats with a door are cramped.
Because it has a door, the DeltaOne Suite was touted as the best thing since sliced bread when it was introduced in 2017. It looks great but feels tight.
While it lacks the latest bells and whistles, I’ll take this 20-year-old business class seat from a Singapore Airlines 777-200 over the current crop of “suites” with a door as far as comfort and roominess.
Given the size of single-aisle airliners like A321s, Mint Suite and Mint Studio are fantastic business class seats. Unfortunately with only a few slots at Gatwick and Stanstead airports and none at London Heathrow, JetBlue won’t have enough capacity to offer much competition to the major players in the transatlantic market.
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