11 MARCH 2019
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Speculation that US carrier JetBlue is about to launch routes from Boston and New York to the UK grew last week as the company said it was planning a staff meeting on future plans on 10 April – one day before CEO Robin Hayes addresses the Aviation Club in London.
Mooted as far back as two years ago (BTN 17 April 2017), a launch would also tie in with the UK-born Hayes’ remarks at last year’s Aviation Festival in London (BTN 10 September 2018) that some London – New York Business Class fares were “obscene”.
He said: "When we see that, we know that we can do that a lot cheaper. We think it's a good opportunity and when the time is right to take advantage, we may very well do that."
JetBlue, which was founded 20 years ago and operates in the US, the Caribbean and Latin America, has an option to convert some Airbus A321neo jets it has on order to the long-range version.
An airline spokesman said: "We plan to announce our decision on the long-range version of the A321 in 2019. Potential routes to Europe could provide us an opportunity to grow Boston and New York as we consider the best use of the aircraft.”
(See also Lundgren at Aviation Club in this issue).
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