JetBlue is continuing its transatlantic expansion. The airline has just announced three new routes to two new destinations in Europe.
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Details of JetBlue’s flights to Dublin & Edinburgh
JetBlue will be launching three new seasonal summer routes to Ireland and Scotland in 2024, complementing the carrier’s existing service to London, Paris, and Amsterdam.
All three of these routes will be operated by Airbus A321neos, featuring 160 seats, including 16 Mint Suite business class seats, plus 144 economy class seats. While these planes have JetBlue’s newest cabins, note that the configuration isn’t quite as premium as on the Airbus A321LRs, which have more Mint seats.
Let’s go over the details of these new routes, and note that flights are already on sale.
JetBlue adds New York to Dublin route
Between March 13 and September 30, 2024, JetBlue will operate a daily seasonal flight between New York (JFK) and Dublin (DUB). The flight will operate with the following schedule:
B6841 New York to Dublin departing 9:30PM arriving 8:15AM (+1 day)
B6842 Dublin to New York departing 11:45AM arriving 3:25PM
The 3,179-mile flight is blocked at 6hr45min eastbound and 7hr40min westbound. In this market, JetBlue will be competing against Aer Lingus and Delta, which fly this exact route, as well as United, which flies between Newark and Dublin. JetBlue has a close partnership with Aer Lingus, so I’m curious how that evolves…
JetBlue adds Boston to Dublin route
Between March 13 and September 30, 2024, JetBlue will operate a daily seasonal flight between Boston (BOS) and Dublin (DUB). The flight will operate with the following schedule:
B6353 Boston to Dublin departing 10:30PM arriving 8:45AM (+1 day)
B6354 Dublin to Boston departing 11:30AM arriving 2:45PM
The 2,993-mile flight is blocked at 6hr15min eastbound and 7hr15min westbound. In this market, JetBlue will also be competing against Aer Lingus and Delta.
JetBlue adds New York to Edinburgh route
Between May 22 and September 30, 2024, JetBlue will operate a daily seasonal flight between New York (JFK) and Edinburgh (EDI). The flight will operate with the following schedule:
B673 New York to Edinburgh departing 10:15PM arriving 10:25AM (+1 day)
B672 Edinburgh to New York departing 12:30PM arriving 3:15PM
The 3,225-mile flight is blocked at 7hr10min eastbound and 7hr45min westbound. In this market, JetBlue will also be competing against Delta, as well as United, which flies from Newark to Edinburgh.
My take on JetBlue’s transatlantic expansion
JetBlue’s new seasonal service to Europe is obviously heavily targeted at leisure travelers, but that’s also where much of the demand (and money) seems to be nowadays. While I was expecting that we’d perhaps see JetBlue build up service to existing destinations a bit more, this service is logical enough.
Other than the “big three” US carriers, we’ve seen how much airlines have struggled with domestic flying in summer, so it seems like JetBlue is getting out ahead of that by instead expanding to Europe.
JetBlue offers a fantastic experience across the Atlantic in both economy and business class, though I’m still not sure I fully understand the carrier’s strategy. The airline doesn’t have lounges, has limited partnerships, and can’t seem to establish itself enough in any market to actually be a formidable competitor.
JetBlue will be expanding Europe service in 2024, with new seasonal routes to Dublin and Edinburgh. The airline will fly from New York and Boston to Dublin, and from New York to Edinburgh, using Airbus A321neo aircraft.
What do you make of JetBlue’s expanded service to Europe?