Today in San Diego, attendees of the Global Business Travel Association convention will get the first glimpse of the future of JetBlue. Our CEO Dave Barger is on hand to debut the exciting lie-flat seats that we’re installing on our new Airbus A321 jets. Set to fly between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2014, our enhanced transcontinental experience is an exciting evolution of the JetBlue offering. Just as we reinvented coach service back in 2000, we’re committed to reinventing the premium transcon market by adding service, comfort and amenities at an affordable price.
Our new transcon A321s will have three types of seating – 143 core experience seats as well as 16 new experience seats including four private suites (complete with a closing door for the ultimate in privacy). These are not your grandmother’s airline seats. All seats in this new experience are fully lie-flat, offer air cushions with adjustable firmness, include a massage feature, and there’s even a unique “wake me for service” indicator that allows customers to determine on the fly whether they’d like to be left alone or experience our crew’s great service.
At the touch of a button, travelers can transform their sleek seat into a bed that stretches up to 6’8” long – one of the longest beds in the sky. When fully extended, they lay 180-degrees flat so you’ll never have to fear sliding down when sleeping! This fully customized seat can easily handle the likes of Kobe Bryant or Lebron James and is the ultimate in comfort.
Our core experience will also enjoy big enhancements with the arrival of the A321, including new seats with adjustable headrests, in-seat power access from every seat, and of course, Fly-Fi. There will also be more TV: we’ll offer an expanded line-up of up to 100 channels of live DIRECTV® programming on huge 10.1″ screens – the biggest we could fit in our seatbacks – through the latest generation product from LiveTV.
Take a peek inside the A321 cabin here to see why we’re excited:
In addition to our transcon A321s, we’ll also operate A321s in a 190-seat all-core experience configuration. Those flights are set to begin in December from New York to Barbados, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, and San Juan.