JetBlue Airways today announced it has taken delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft, with tail registration of N4022J, arriving at JetBlue’s home at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 5 this afternoon.
This A321LR was assembled at the Airbus production facility in Hamburg, Germany and will enable JetBlue to launch its first-ever transatlantic service between the U.S. and London this summer.
The A321LR allows JetBlue to tap into new long-haul markets, like London, that were not previously accessible with the airline’s existing fleet. The LR’s range of up to 4,000 nautical miles is made possible by three additional center fuel tanks and the aircraft delivers 30 percent fuel savings and nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generations of aircraft. JetBlue converted 13 aircraft in its existing A321 order book to the LR version in April 2019 with the ability to convert more. Additionally, JetBlue has converted another 13 aircraft in its existing order book to the Extra-Long Range – or XLR – version of the A321.
JetBlue is also the global launch partner for the new Airspace by Airbus cabin, bringing long-haul style to the A321 for the first time ever. Airspace brings a series of enhancements, many customized for JetBlue, including:
- Stunning backlit ceiling panels through the entire cabin, which glow with a unique-to-JetBlue pattern.
- Custom LED mood lighting that changes throughout different phases of flight to reduce jetlag technologies.
- The largest overhead bins on a single-aisle aircraft.
- New ergonomic sidewalls creating extra personal space at shoulder level.
- A re-designed welcome area at the front boarding door.
- Refreshed onboard restrooms with antimicrobial surfaces.
The modern elements of Airspace, combined with the customizations by JetBlue, offer customers a boutique-style setting for the airline’s highly anticipated transatlantic service.
JetBlue’s A321LR is powered by two Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The GTF engine, with its revolutionary geared fan technology, is transforming aviation by delivering game-changing economic and environmental performance. The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine also incorporates advances in aerodynamics, lightweight materials and other major technology improvements.
Additional details about specific London routes, schedules and out-for-sale dates will be announced soon.