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JetBlue adds a day flight from New York JFK to London Heathrow

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JetBlue is adding an alternative to its overnight return flights from New York to London by introducing a day service.

Day flights from New York to London are relatively scarce, although the major carriers tend to operate at least one from either Newark or JFK – British Airways has one from both airports.

JetBlue adds a London day flight

There’s a lot to be said for taking a day flight, as Rob recently explained following his experience taking a day flight from New York to London. New York to London red-eye flights are so short that, in reality, you can only really get between four and five hours of actual sleep time. The benefit of taking a day flight is that you do not need to sleep, as you are landing back in London at a reasonable hour and in time for you to sleep in your own bed.

JetBlue’s new day service will begin on 25th March. It has been made possible because JetBlue has gained an additional slot pair. The slot belongs to Etihad and is currently leased to Italian airline ITA.

At the same time as introducing this new flight it will remove one of the flights currently operating from Gatwick. The overall number of flights between New York and London will remain unchanged at three (two from Heathrow, one from Gatwick).

The flight timings for the new day flight are as follows:

  • Flight B61107 will depart New York JFK at 8:30am, arriving at Heathrow at 8:45pm
  • Flight B62220 will depart London Heathrow at 8:25am, arriving in New York JFK at 11:40am

But what’s JetBlue like in its premium Mint and Mint Suite seats? You can read our review of JetBlue’s Mint Suite here. Our review of the front-row Mint Studio is here.

Comments (21)

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  • bafan says:

    The airlines really don’t like Gatwick, do they 🤣. Second they can cut service or get out, they do.

    • Richie says:

      If B6 don’t sell enough Mint seats at the right fare levels on the daytime JFK-LHR flight, they’ll be back at Gatwick.

    • Lady London says:

      That has always been the case bafan. As soon as an airline (at least, of legacy type) is banished to Gatwick or can only get flights there, you know they’ll be trying to put that business in Gatwick as soon as they can.

    • Krishnan R. Iyengar says:

      I think it’s more to do with B6 launching Paris (from both JFK and Boston) in the spring, viewed against the backdrop of supply chain issues affecting both big aircraft manufacturers (which in turn has reduced aircraft availability), rather than with liking Gatwick or not. Also, the second daily Gatwick-JFK slot pair B6 are currently utilizing for the remainder of the winter timetable period isn’t commonly timed, i.e. instead of arriving / departing at the same time every week – what attracts premium travellers, the times very each day of the week, with Gatwick departure times ranging from 8:25 am (coincidentally, the same time as the new Heathrow departure time of the slot pair B6 has obtained from EY) to 10:10 am. As B6 continues to build its transatlantic brand image, once the aircraft manufacturers (Airbus in B6’s case) have got to grips with their supply chain issues and aircraft deliveries will have stabilized at a higher, more steady rate, B6 will again increase their presence at Gatwick, reolicating what they did in the greater New York and Los Angeles areas, wbere they have successfully linked these with multiple daily scheduled services between different airports serving both the Big Apple and the Southern California Basin area for several years. I’d expect B6 to be back at Gatwick with a second daily – hopefully commonly timed (e g. a 10:10 am or 2:30 pm departure from Gatwick every day of the week), year-round from as early as spring 2024. Furthermore, I anticipate B6 launching a daily LGW-FLL service as well, perhaps as early as spring 2025 (depending on A321 XLR delivery dates), especially if the B6 / NK merger goes through, as stationing most or all of the 13 incoming XLRs at FLL (essentially another Miami area airport similar to Gatwick being another London area airport) would enable B6 to launch long-haul routes from south Florida to destinations in Latin America beyond the viable range of the A321 LR, which combined with significantly increasing its scale in the greater Miami area at FLL once the envisaged B6 / NK merger has been accomplished, would also allow the enlarged B6 to better compete with MIA-based market leader AA, both point-to-point between London (perhaps Paris as well) and FLL and FLL and Latin America as well as using FLL as a transfer hub between Europe and Latin America like AA is using MIA, albeit on a smaller scale.

      • Krishnan R. Iyengar says:

        Small correction: every week should read every day of the week.

  • Will says:

    I’ve recently overnighted at Schipol, and found it a remarkably smooth airport to navigate.

    Also very impressed with KLM business class, was on a 777 and while the seat lacks privacy it just worked really well for us travelling as a family.

    Row 6 is like your own private cabin.

    Made me think
    1. What actually makes a good business class on board experience? How does it vary depending on how many of you are travelling and if you have young kids?

    2. Is there an optimal size for an airport, beyond which they become unpleasant to pass through? Given so many different airport designs exist, has anyone ever done extensive analysis on how to create the optimum airport or do they turn into vanity projects for the lead designer?

    • tony says:

      Amsterdam can be a bit of a nightmare now, what with the Schengen/non-Schengen hokey kokey and the “budget” wing at the far end. It seemed better in the past.

      Munich T2 seems to work well for transit and is very functional, just a shame about the uninspiring Lufthansa business lounge.

      Changi is ok so long as you don’t need to go to T4. And Muscat was an incredibly slick experience aside from both flights parking a long way from the central hub.

  • RussellH says:

    I like the idea of a daytime flight, but an 0830 departure is far too early given the amount of time before that you need to be at the airport.

    • Rand says:

      It is early – I prefer the later day flights (currently only AA has a flight leaving JFK around 10am), but those run close to Heathrow’s curfew in case of even a small delay. The timing of the new B6 flight is apparently driven by the particular LHR slot that was available, not by B6 desire to run a day flight.

    • ChrisC says:

      It’s perfect for that route. You wake up early, which is more aligned with london time, so you can sleep well that evening

      • John says:

        If you stay at a Heathrow hotel maybe. With a 9pm arrival, by the time I’d get home, clean up and do the minimum unpacking it would be past 1am before I could get to bed

  • Froggitt says:

    They seem to embrace the “stay Sat night or we’ll screw you” pricing regime. Save hundreds by booking a return and not using it.

    Also, select a date in 2023 from the calendar widget, it prefills 2022 in the search without telling you, and then errors.

  • HotinNewcastle says:

    Ot – need to pay for a couple of cash nights between our points stay in Mauritius this may. Just deciding between the Sofitel imperial Vs so Sofitel Vs heritage telfair. Any thoughts/recommendations. Two adults and 4yo and 8 month old. I will have a car.

    • NorthernLass says:

      You’re more likely to get answers in a relevant forum post!

  • Stuart says:

    You can regularly get US bound business class for 1500-1700 euros if you start in Dublin.

  • danger mouse says:

    Lots of spelling mistakes in this article, is Rhys feeling a bit tired today 😉

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