The first A321LR “Streamers” by JetBlue has concluded its test flight from the Hamburg Airbus plant. In preparation for arrival, the plane, which has yet to be painted entirely, took the first of several flight tests yesterday. JetBlue intends to deploy the aircraft to London and Europe on transatlantic routes from next year.
As delivered to the airline in the coming months, JetBlue’s first A321LR will hold the registration N4022J. The aircraft is registered as a D-AVXF for development and test flights. In the upcoming days, the latest aircraft would possibly perform several other test flights.
The current situation has prompted JetBlue, including its first A321LRs, to postpone several aircraft deliveries. The first plane is scheduled to be shipped in 2021, with the first London flights expected at the earliest next year.
JetBlue to begin flights to London in 2021
JetBlue publicly stated in April 2019 that it intends to operate transatlantic services by 2021. Although specific specifics were presently restricted, the carrier’s intention as of some stage in 2021 was to begin several nonstop flights on both Boston and New York JFK to London.
The CEO of JetBlue reported throughout the summer that the airline still has intentions to begin these flights in 2021, although the intention is now to launch these services in late 2021. It seems like we would plan sometime near the beginning of the fall schedule, that is, in late October, to start the operation.
JetBlue’s latest transatlantic service becomes feasible due to the 13 Airbus A321LRs ordered by the carrier, which can handle transatlantic flights with comfort. The very first A321LR from JetBlue is actually in manufacturing, which should enter JetBlue’s fleet within a few months.
For its latest services to London, JetBlue has acquired slots, but sadly they are at Gatwick and Stansted. From now on, JetBlue expects to fly flights from Boston to Stansted twice a day and from New York JFK to Gatwick once every day.
Increment in Jetblue Flight Operation
JetBlue would raise availability on its aircraft to 85 percent over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays from December 2 onwards. The carrier’s current Thanksgiving travel strategy is to restrict availability to 75 percent, blocking most middle seats although not ensuring they are all vacant.
Next year, all capacity restrictions will be lifted, and every seat can be booked on almost any JetBlue aircraft. JetBlue President and Chief Executive Officer Joanna Geraghty said so in a statement to the carrier’s crew members that the airline plans less complete flights throughout the winter while the travel market typically declines.
A science-based solution to eliminating seat constraints is referenced by the New York City-based airline, referring to recent research by Harvard and the US Department of Defense demonstrating the effectiveness of high-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters, and the use of masks to avoid the spreading of coronavirus inside. On a recent flight in August, all JetBlue travelers are forced to retain masks at all times while boarding.