Look, It’s JetBlue’s (Stunning) First Airbus A220!

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While there aren’t many new planes to get excited about nowadays (rather us avgeeks are depressed about all of the aircraft retirements), here’s an exception…

JetBlue’s first Airbus A220 emerges

In mid-2018 JetBlue placed an order for up to 70 Airbus A220-300s, which will be an exciting addition to the carrier’s fleet. Well, @PhilipStewartNY has just shared pictures of JetBlue’s first A220-300 in its full livery, and my goodness is it gorgeous!

The A220 is a beautiful plane to begin with — it kind of looks like a mini-A350 — and I think the JetBlue livery looks particularly sharp on it, especially with the engines and custom tail design (though I think maybe the second shade of blue around the front of the engines is just a protective film or covering for now, while the orange along the leading edge of the wings is definitely not staying).

JetBlue’s first Airbus A220-300


JetBlue’s first Airbus A220-300

The plane was manufactured at Airbus’ new US facility in Mobile, Alabama, which is in part intended to avoid tariffs. As of now the plane is still sporting a Canadian registration, though (as it starts with “C”), which is because the program is based in Canada, and the plane is still owned by Airbus.

It’s expected that JetBlue will take delivery of its first A220 before the end of the year. Over time JetBlue’s A220s will replace the carrier’s fleet of 60 Embraer 190s, which are expected to be retired by 2025.

How will JetBlue’s A220s be configured?

JetBlue will configure its A220s with a total of 140 seats, including:

  • 25 Even More Space seats
  • 115 regular economy seats

To my knowledge JetBlue hasn’t yet revealed the exact seat pitch we’ll find on the plane, but this is roughly in line with what I would have expected. As a point of comparison:

  • AirBaltic and SWISS A220-300s have 145 seats with up to 32″ of pitch
  • Delta’s A220-300s will have 130 seats, including 12 first class seats, 30 Comfort+ seats, and 88 regular economy seats

AirBaltic Airbus A220-300

As is the case on JetBlue’s other planes, the A220s will feature personal televisions and free wifi.

Where will JetBlue fly A220s?

JetBlue hasn’t yet scheduled its A220s for any flights, so only time will tell how the airline uses these planes.

We do know that a while back JetBlue revealed that it would initially base its A220s out of Boston. Only time will tell if that plan sticks, since airlines are completely rewriting their playbooks in light of the pandemic.

The beauty of the A220 is just how versatile it is. The plane has a range of 3,400nm, so it could operate both short haul flights (including business markets) and transcon flights (including “thinner” routes) with ease.

Bottom line

Delta will become the next US airline to start operating the A220-300 (the airline already has the A220-100), and then JetBlue should be just a few weeks behind (and then startup Moxy will be behind JetBlue).

The A220 is an incredible aircraft thanks to its comfortable cabin, great economics, and long range. This will be a nice complement to JetBlue’s fleet, and I can’t wait to learn more about what JetBlue has in store for the plane.

Do you love JetBlue’s A220 livery as much as I do?

Comments
  1. With slack demand in the near term this jet could be the right capacity for a lot of routes.

    Does it have HEPA filtration?

  2. DELTA’S FLEET IS THE OLDEST IN THE INDUSTRY!
    767-400
    AND 757 TO EUROPE?
    NO THANKS!
    DELTA WILL NOT GET NEW PLANES FOR A LONG TIME!

  3. Lucky: why do you love this plane?

    Am I the ONLY PERSON not drinking the kool-aid on Jetblue’s A220?!? Yes, it’s a new plane, which is always nice, but it’s replacing B6’s E190 which is–by far–the most comfortable economy seat on any US airline. Also:

    1. This plane adds 40 seats to the plane it’s replacing. So enjoy longer boarding, deplaning and wait for your checked bags.
    2. This plane adds a MIDDLE SEAT on one side. I don’t care that it’s a whopping 1″ wider, no one wants a middle seat!
    3. We still don’t know the layout, but without a doubt it won’t have the extremely generous legroom of the E190 (core seat: 33″ that feels even bigger, and 37″ in EMS). The AirBaltic variant has 145 seats at 32″. I’m sure B6 will remove the front closet & cook area, but that’s only going to add 20″ more space at most…and with 5 rows of EMS each getting at least 5″ more, that means the core seats must have less legroom than E190.

    Bottom line: B6 E190 flights are amazing because with only 100 pax, they board in ~15 minutes. The seats are wide & legroom is best in economy. The bathrooms aren’t cramped like almost every other narrowbody (although I get that A220 bathrooms are supposed to be nice). The only downside to E190 is the overhead baggage bins. But replacing them with a plane that adds 40% more passengers, a middle seat and what’s sure to be less legroom isn’t an improvement!

  4. @Sean – As someone who has flown an a220 before (Delta -100), and regularly flew on B6’s e190’s for years, I can assure you this will be a massive step up, middle seat be damned.

  5. @John Luffred – Delta has been adding new planes to their fleet continuously for years, what are you talking about?? 737-800s, A220-100s, A350s and A330 neos. Also the 767-400s aren’t that old, and even the oldest planes in Delta’s fleet feel fresh and new. I flew a 21 year old 757-200 last week and it felt like it was at most a few years old…

  6. Its a new plane mostly white with artwork on the tail and engines. No big deal. Just like the 100 other airlines with the same

  7. Now that JetBlue is getting these spiffy A220’s, maybe they would see fit to launch more point-to-point flights to/from D.C. (IAD, DCA, BWI). D.C. passengers wanting to fly to the west coast basically have to connect through Boston or New York, which is basically going backwards.

  8. Generally the leading edge of the wing is painted black to make it easy for pilots to identify ice buildups on the wing.

  9. @Sean, A220’s have pivot bins so overhead luggage space won’t be an issue and the Lavs are awesome, space and design wise

  10. @Kevin B, that’s not correct. The only black leading edge you will see on an aircraft are mainly turboprops that utilize and inflatable boot system for anti-icing. They are rubber and inflate and deflate inflight to break up any ice accumulation. This is not utilized on modern jets.

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