JetBlue plans to expand service to Europe from the East Coast. The New York-based carrier said this week that it will swap 13 of its existing Airbus orders in favor of the newly unveiled A321XLR. That’s the manufacturer’s longest-range narrow-body jet. It could link Boston and New York with a host of European cities as the carrier prepares to take on rivals for trans-Atlantic air travel.
The new Airbus plane would allow JetBlue to service cities in north, south and central Europe. The planes are scheduled for delivery in 2023.
JetBlue in April announced its first service to Europe with flights to London from both New York and Boston that would start in 2021.
JetBlue plans to market its premium Mint cabin for the new routes. It can use lie-flat seats and better food and amenities kits to entice high-paying corporate business travelers away from its rivals. The airline is also planning to launch a new version of Mint and its coach class for trans-Atlantic routes.