US carrier JetBlue now has five daily flights between New York / Boston and Heathrow / Gatwick. It has now secured permanent Heathrow slots so the future of the service looks positive.
With London now ‘done’, JetBlue has announced that Paris will be its second European destination.
Details are currently sketchy. Flights will launch from New York JFK to Paris CDG ‘next Summer’. This will be followed by flights from Boston to Paris ‘later’. Tickets are not yet available.
The choice of Paris is partly down to strong leisure demand and partly down to practicalities. JetBlue uses single aisle A321LR aircraft which are cheap to operate. The snag is that they do not have the range of an A350, A330 or Boeing 787.
The range of the A321LR is listed as 4,000 nautical miles. Whilst in theory that gets you to most of Western Europe from New York:
.… in reality, once you take into account fuel reserves, headwinds and other restrictions, it is probably limited to flights to the far reaches of Western Europe. Amsterdam and Dublin are probably the only other realistic options for JetBlue after London and Paris.
The A321XLR – the XLR stands for, you guessed it, eXtra Long Range – will add an additional 700 miles to that, which should help JetBlue fly further into Europe. Unfortunately the first A321XLR isn’t due to be delivered by Airbus until 2024.