JetBlue Airways has officially expanded its network with its first-ever transatlantic route, from New York (JFK) to London (Heathrow). The carrier’s brand-new route will be operated by its wide-body Airbus A321LR aircraft, and the first flight took off last Wednesday.
JetBlue first announced its network expansion just before the pandemic in April 2019, planning to fly out of New York and Boston. However, the inaugural flight set for August 11 was in jeopardy until the very last minute when a surprise announcement from the British government allowed U.S. citizens back into the country and paved the way for the first transatlantic flight.
“For the first time in JetBlue’s 21-year history, we are crossing the North Atlantic and competing in one of the busiest travel markets in the world,” said Robin Hayes, CEO, JetBlue.
“With JetBlue now connecting New York and London, travelers finally have the ability to enjoy low fares while also experiencing superior service. In addition, as the UK opens to travelers coming from America, our flights are well-timed to meet the pent-up demand for travel between our two countries. We look forward to welcoming UK travelers to the U.S. soon and launching service between Boston and London next year.”
The new transatlantic route offers passengers an enhanced inflight experience, with build-your-own meals, lots of legroom, free unlimited WiFi, seatback entertainment, and more.
“I want to congratulate JetBlue on its inaugural transatlantic flight to London and wish all the crew and customers a safe and pleasant journey,” added UK Ambassador to the U.S., Dame Karen Pierce DCMG. “As vaccinated Americans can now come to the U.K. without the need to quarantine, this route will offer more Americans a path to doing business, holidays, and family reunions in the U.K. Today’s flight quite literally takes our Special Relationship to new heights!”