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JetBlue will launch its new London to Boston flights in July

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The launch dates for JetBlue’s flights between London and Boston have finally been confirmed.

Whilst the airline launched direct flights to New York last year its Boston route has taken a little while longer to materialise. We originally ran this story based on flight loaded onto OAG thanks to Aeroroutes but JetBlue has now confirmed the schedules.

You can book the new routes on the JetBlue website here.

Initial slot allocation in 2020 suggested that JetBlue would launch flights to Boston from Stansted. This never happened and it now appears that the flights will launch from both Heathrow and Gatwick. To be honest, I don’t think JetBlue ever wanted to fly from Stansted – its sights were always firmly set on Heathrow, followed by Gatwick.

JetBlue will launch its new London to Boston flights in July

What flights is JetBlue planning from Boston?

Flights from London Gatwick will begin first, followed by those from Heathrow.

From 19th July, JetBlue will operate one daily flight between London Gatwick and Boston Logan Airport:

  • B61926 departs Gatwick between 10:35am and 12:25pm, depending on date, and arrives in Boston between 1:25pm and 3:15pm
  • B62104 departs Boston 6:22pm and 7:48pm, depending on date, and arrives in Gatwick between 6:35am and 7:55am the following day

Heathrow will follow from 22nd August:

  • B61621 departs Heathrow at 8:25am and arrives in Boston at 11:21am
  • B61620 departs Boston at 6:17pm and arrives in Heathrow at 6:30am the following day

What can you expect on JetBlue’s London to Boston flights?

Both flights will operate on JetBlue’s brand new A321neo Long Range aircraft featuring the airline’s Mint Suite and Mint Studio business class product:

JetBlue A321LR Mint Studio

Remember that this is a single aisle aircraft that has been outfitted for long haul flights and JetBlue has had to contend with the geometries of a narrowbody aircraft.

There are 24 seats in the business class cabin, including two Mint Studio seats in the first row that come with even more personal space:

JetBlue A321LR Mint Studio seat 2

Each seat has a fully closing door and is angled toward the aisle, which isn’t ideal – it means you’ll have to crane your neck to see out of the window!

JetBlue claims its Mint Suite has the largest lie-flat bed of any US carrier when measured by surface area, which is impressive given this is only a narrow body aircraft. You can find out more about JetBlue’s Mint Suite business class on its A321LR aircraft here.

JetBlue’s ‘Core’ economy cabin looks impressive too, with 18.4″ wide seats and more legroom than its transatlantic competitors.

JetBlue transatlantic A321LR Core economy cabin

All passengers also get free wifi and in-flight entertainment, which is impressive, and the airline has also touted an economy food revolution with passengers being able to mix and match two to three mains selections as well as sides. You can find out more about JetBlue’s Core economy offering here.

The flights are now bookable on the JetBlue website. Mint starts from £1,449 return whilst Core is from £349.

PS. JetBlue has just announced an extension of its partnership with Qatar Airways. Whilst we don’t have all the details yet, it is possible that you may eventually be able to credit JetBlue’s transatlantic flights to Qatar Privilege Club and earn Avios, which you could transfer to your British Airways Executive Club account. We’ll keep an eye on this.

Comments (38)

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  • John T says:

    Is there a good reason as to why its so difficult to design 1-1 narrow body business class seats that face the windows? They can do it on wide bodies easily.

    What seat designer who has ever been on a plane before would think ‘all passengers would rather look the aisle than out the window’?

    • Rhys says:

      There aren’t a whole lot of lie flat seats designed for narrow bodies at the moment. That’s going to change in the next few years as more and more airlines move into the narrow body long haul market.

      Designing seats like this is quite challenging I think. It’s all about the tessellating geometries. For example, BA’s Club Suite seat wouldn’t work on a narrow body. In general I think narrow bodies need a steeper angle, which would affect entry/egress I think. But it’s an interesting question!

    • Mark says:

      The fundamental issue is that single aisle narrow bodies are quite a bit wider than half the width of any wide body, including the A380. Think six abreast in economy against a maximum of 10 abreast on a wide body. That means that anything which occupies the entire space between the window and the aisle to give direct aisle access has to be very wide and therefore, for effective use of space, sharply angled towards the aisle (as you can see from the Mint Blue photos). Reverse herringbone seats such as the Collins Super Diamond / Club Suite don’t work in that scenario without wasting a lot of space, neither does the kind of staggered seating of the type used by Iberia. A herringbone seating arrangement does work, but means the seats face away from the window. There are other possibilities, but generally they involve some kind of compromise.

      • John says:

        Are you saying that if all the seats faced the window they would have to face backwards too?

        • Rhys says:

          No. Reverse herringbone is like Club Suite – it means seats are angled toward the window, rather than to the aisle

          • chabuddy geezy says:

            American Airlines use a reverse herringbone seat in first class for their A321 transcon flights, agreed it is probably not the most efficient use of space though.

          • Mark says:

            Exactly that. If you look at pictures of AA first on their transcontinental A321s you’ll see the aisle is very wide. That may be acceptable for a small First cabin (in a three class setup), less so for a business cabin with more seats in it.

          • Geoff says:

            Well yes – but seats angled towards the aisle can be rear-facing or front facing.

      • lumma says:

        I thought JetBlue had staggered seats on their transcontinental flights? 1 row has 4 seats and 1 row has 2 throne seats. Means every other row has one with no direct aisle access though.

    • Mouse says:

      The simple way to think about it is to take the extreme case of seats that are shoulder to shoulder but at right angles to the aisle, and how you would access those seats. It works if the back of the seat is against the window/body of the plane, as the seat is facing the aisle, but if the back of the seat is against the aisle then there’s no way in (other than climbing over the back of the seat!). This is just a slightly less extreme version of the same problem.

      • Mark says:

        Exactly. They have to be at a sufficiently shallow angle to the cabin wall to allow for egress space between each of the seats. Otherwise you’d have to have a gap between each of the seats to allow access (or at least between every pair of seats).

    • happeemonkee says:

      Interesting concept from UK company Factory design. The ACCESS business class seat.
      Twin seats on a narrowbody with all aisle access. The only negative is they are not lie flat but recline to a “Z” position. Probably OK for an east cost – uk flight.

      • Rhys says:

        I don’t see it taking off. That mid-seat access looks VERY tight.

  • Rich_A says:

    Are those really the flight numbers for Gatwick? Never seen a pair of flights operate with non-consecutive flight numbers.

    (Yes, I should get out more.)

    • Rhys says:

      I was surprised too.

    • Mark says:

      I suspect there are a fair few airlines that don’t (always) follow that convention. Even though BA flight numbers are allocated in pairs they are not necessarily operated that way. E.g. LHR-JNB normally has BA57 returning as BA54 and BA55 returning as BA56. Similar is true of BA’s JFK flights where due to Covid service reductions sometimes only one half of a given flight number pair has been operating at all.

  • Sam says:

    The Mint cabin is excellent on the NYC- London route. You also get offered free upgrades on Heathrow Express if you fly in Mint.

  • Richie says:

    Do business passengers really need to arrive in LON at 7.55am or earlier?

    • Rhys says:

      This isn’t new. The vast majority of US-UK flights landing between 6and 8am!

    • Panda Mick says:

      Yes… Allows me to go on my holibobs and be at my desk by 9am, not having to waste another day’s PTO

    • Rui N. says:

      Even if they don’t need, that how timezones work in any case. If you leave the east coast of the US late evening, you’ll arrive early in the UK.

      • Mark says:

        Depends how late of course. An 11pm departure will get you in around 11am, or a bit earlier with a good tail wind. That would generally be more my preference for getting maximum sleep but probably not the best option to maximise demand when you’re only offering one or two flights.

        • John says:

          11pm = 4am UK time, I want to be asleep long before that.

          • Mark says:

            Ah, but do you get up at 2-3am US Eastern Time on the day you fly back to get back on UK time before you fly, or do you just stay on UK time and not change your watch? 🙂

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Which other partner airlines can we credit the miles to?

  • Paul Hickey says:

    Always wondered why so many flights go from London to Boston. It’s population is about the same as Leeds.

    • Brian says:

      the defined city limits of the very centre is around 500,000 as you say, but the greater metro area is 5million, and if you include providence and worcester its 8m+.

    • Rhys says:

      It’s the main international airport for all of the US north east!

  • ADS says:

    Operating a single from each day from LHR and LGW is an interesting approach with limited LHR slots available. At least it gives some cover if there’s a technical problem with either aircraft. And gives the benefit of capturing a wider consumer base.

  • ringingup says:

    According to QR’s website, you can earn Avios on JetBlue marketed and operated flights.

    • Rob says:

      I doubt that wording has changed since the transatlantic flights started though. Need some clarity as to whether those are included.

      • ringingup says:

        I’ve been able to add my Privilege Club to the booking… In the worst case we’ll find out in July!

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