New plane may stretch JetBlue's ambition

 

JetBlue has long looked at Europe as its next market, and only recently announced its plans to fly routes to London from Boston and New York. Now, it's taken a step toward flying even further into Europe.

At last week's Paris Air Show, the airline revealed it had converted thirteen of its 85 orders for A321neos to Airbus's newly-announced A321XLR. The original A321 order had London in mind as well as transcontinental routes. But the new plane, which has a 15% greater range, would allow JetBlue to fly to France, Germany and Italy as well.

The new extra long-range A321 is proving popular with airlines; over 200 have already been ordered; American Airlines is another customer, likely to replace its remaining 757s. JetBlue also joined a number of other airlines in ordering more A220s, the plane originally developed by Bombardier. They will be used to replace Embraer regional jets in JetBlue's fleet.

Image: A321 in JetBlue livery (Airbus)

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