16 JULY 2018
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A Memorandum of Understanding for 60 firm orders for the newly-rebranded Airbus A220 was signed last week by JetBlue, making the New York-based carrier the first customer for the aircraft.
JetBlue has ordered the A220-300 model, previously known as the Bombardier CS300, and is reported to have earmarked them as replacements for the Embraer E190 .
In addition, the airline converted 25 of its current orders for Airbus A320neos into orders for the larger A321neo. Both the A220s and A321neos will be powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.
Airbus chief commercial officer Eric Schulz said: “JetBlue’s selection of the A220 to complement its growing A320 Family fleet is an endorsement both of the A220 itself and of the way the two aircraft can work together to provide airline network flexibility and a great passenger experience.”
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes added: “We are evolving our fleet for the future as we approach our 20th anniversary and the A220-300’s impressive range and economics offer us flexibility and support our key financial and operating priorities.
“The A220, with our A321 and restyled A320 fleet, will help to ensure we deliver the best onboard experience and meet our long-term financial targets as we continue our growth.”
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Bill Pratt, Toulouse
British Caledonian used to take your drinks orders before departure on the LGW-MAN route. They were so efficient you could have another G&T before the descent into Manchester. A sad loss to civilisation!.
John Davidson, France/Paris
JetBlue was one of my favorite airlines (I don't fly to the US any more). Really exceptional service and prices. They were originally an all-Airbus airline operating out of JFK, which wasn't bad for someone flying in from Europe. After its all-Airbus beginning it moved to add Embraers for regional collection of customers. Have you ever had cabin crew take your drink order before take-off on a short-haul flight? That happened to me (only once) on jetBlue. I loved that airline.