21 FEBRUARY 2022
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An additional order from JetBlue for 30 Airbus 220s brings the total order book for the Canadian designed single aisle narrow-bodied aircraft up to around 700.
This is good news for Belfast aircraft component manufacturer Spirit (the one time Short Brothers Ltd), responsible for much of the aircraft substructure.
“We’re already seeing benefits from the eight A220s we’ve added to the fleet, and we’re very happy to have more on the way”, said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue. “We’ve seen double-digit increases in customer satisfaction scores, and these fuel-efficient aircraft support our leadership in reducing carbon emissions. With 30 additional A220s on order, we’re in a position to accelerate our fleet modernization plans to deliver stronger cost performance and support our focus city network strategy”.
“It is very rewarding to see a happy customer coming back for more aircraft not even a year after entry into service of its first A220. We salute our friends at JetBlue on this landmark deal”, said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.
The airline’s A220s are outfitted with 140 Collins Meridian seats, customized around client feedback and featuring a number of design elements with comfort and convenience in mind. Seating is arranged in a two-by-three configuration offering multiple seating options for all party sizes and includes USB-C, USB-A and AC power at every seat.
Keeping customers connected and entertained is also on display aboard JetBlue’s A220 with Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 connectivity. With this system, JetBlue offers every customer high-definition screens at every seat and personalized entertainment choices. Additionally, JetBlue is the only US carrier with free high-speed Fly-Fi on every plane, providing customers with the ability to connect an unlimited number of devices to stream, surf, or chat during the entire flight, from gate to gate.
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