There’s still one piece of news left from 2020. As reported, JetBlue has taken delivery of its 1st ever Airbus A220-300.
JetBlue has placed a order of 70 Airbus A220 aircraft, all of the -300 variant. JetBlue’s 1st Airbus A220 registered as N3008J arrived yesterday evening at New York-JFK after departing Mobile and staying in the air for 2 hours.
The aircraft departed from Mobile at 16:34, around an hour later than scheduled according to Flightradar24. The aircraft then climbed to its cruising altitude at 41000 feet before arriving at 19:35 after a 2-hour flight.
As for the interior, JetBlue has left us with the teaser that its ‘thoughtfully designed cabin interior’ will be revealed in January. The Hybrid US carrier had previously revealed that the seats would have the most legroom in an Economy Cabin based on average fleet-wide seat pitch. The A220s will also offer free ‘Fly-Fi’ WiFi, offering live television on most routes.
Targeting A220 as a replacement to E190
JetBlue is targeting its Airbus A220 aircraft as a replacement for its Embraer E190 fleet. The A220-300 will also allow the American airline to expand slightly. While the E190 fleet currently consists of 60 aircraft, JetBlue has ordered ten extra A220s. According to JetBlue, the A220 will cost 30% less to operate per seat than the E190. In addition to this, the aircraft has longer maintenance intervals and improved reliability. This is something which according to the airline will reduce maintenance costs by 40%.
“As we evolve our fleet for the future, the A220’s significant reduction in per-seat emissions supports our ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality for all our domestic flights, and moves us closer to achieving our pledge of net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2040.”, said Robin Hayes, CEO, JetBlue.
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