16 AUGUST 2021
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The Aer Lingus lounge at Heathrow T2 provided the venue for the celebration of JetBlue’s Kennedy Airport New York first ever scheduled transatlantic flight last Thursday (12 August).
Hosting the event the airline’s CEO, Robin Hayes, was quick to point out that real competition was back at the airport.
“Before JetBlue loaded all of its fares, it wasn’t uncommon to see Business Class going for $6,000 a ticket. Well, guess what, when I looked yesterday, all of the airlines are suddenly charging up to $2,000 for Business Class return into Heathrow across the Atlantic”.
Having joined JetBlue in 2008 from British Airways, Hayes became CEO in 2015. Also on hand was David Neeleman the founder of the airline, which made its first flight in February 2000.
JetBlue expects a strong response to its flights eastbound with the lifting of restrictions for US-based customers into the UK but it will take a little time before westbound passengers are seen due to a difference of rules. At this time the flights are spaced out but not daily.
JetBlue plans to launch a daily service between Gatwick and New York JFK on 29 September, departing Gatwick at midday.
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