JetBlue Launching Paris Flights In Summer 2023

JetBlue Launching Paris Flights In Summer 2023

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In August 2021, JetBlue launched transatlantic flights using Airbus A321LRs. Up until now, the airline has only operated to London (Gatwick and Heathrow). Well, JetBlue has now announced its next destination in Europe, and not surprisingly it’s Paris.

JetBlue adding Boston and New York to Paris flights

While the airline is light on details as of now, JetBlue has revealed plans to add flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG):

  • JetBlue flight will fly from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) as of the summer of 2023
  • JetBlue will “later” add flights from Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG)

JetBlue states that seats will go on sale in the coming months. Not surprisingly, Paris is the largest European destination not currently served by JetBlue from its New York and Boston hubs.

Here’s how JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes describes this expansion:

“JetBlue is offering something completely unique to what you get from the big global legacy airlines on these routes – where a single high-fare joint venture operates nearly three-quarters of the flying. The response to our London service is proof that combining great service with low fares works. We can’t wait to bring our reimagined Mint and core offerings to Continental Europe’s most visited city.”

JetBlue is adding flights to Paris

Basics of JetBlue’s Airbus A321LRs

For context, JetBlue’s European growth is made possible by its Airbus A321LR fleet. This is the current longest range version of the popular Airbus A321 (“LR” stands for “long range”), until the A321XLR starts flying. The airline has a total of 14 of these on order, and currently has seven in its fleet.

These planes are specially configured for these transatlantic missions. JetBlue’s A321LRs have a total of 138 seats. This includes 24 Mint seats, spread across 12 rows in a 1-1 configuration.

JetBlue Mint cabin Airbus A321LR

22 of those seats are Mint Suites, which are the standard business class seats. These are fully flat, have direct aisle access, and each have a privacy door.

JetBlue Mint Suite Airbus A321LR

Two of those seats are Mint Studios, which are the seats in the first row, and they feature significantly more room. They also have a buddy seat feature, so that you can have someone else join you during the flight.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR

JetBlue then has 114 economy class seats, 24 of which are Even More Space (extra legroom) seats.

JetBlue economy cabin Airbus A321LR

JetBlue has an exceptional soft product in all cabins. There’s also complimentary Wi-Fi for all passengers, plus personal televisions, including on demand and live TV programming.

JetBlue Mint catering

Read my review of JetBlue’s Mint Suite and my review of JetBlue’s Mint Studio.

My take on JetBlue’s expansion to Paris

I love flying with JetBlue, and I appreciate JetBlue’s impact on the competitive landscape. While ultra low cost carriers are focused on price, and the legacy carriers are focused on being all things to all people, JetBlue has largely been focused on offering a quality product. The airline offers complimentary Wi-Fi, has seatback TV throughout its fleet, and has more legroom than other US airlines.

Interestingly JetBlue’s greatest competitive impact has probably been with bringing down business class fares in premium domestic markets, as JetBlue’s Mint revolutionized that in terms of price and quality.

Now, JetBlue isn’t exactly the most profitable airline, and the airline has also struggled with schedule reliability. Nonetheless, it’s fantastic to see JetBlue add more transatlantic service:

  • This will be some major competition for La Compagnie, the all-business class airline flying between Newark and Paris
  • Air France and Delta otherwise dominate the New York to Paris market, so it’s nice that JetBlue can provide some more competition to that strong joint venture
  • That being said, with limited frequencies, lack of connections, and no lounges, JetBlue does face an uphill battle with attracting business traffic and corporate contracts
La Compagnie all business class A321LR

Bottom line

JetBlue has announced that it will start flying to Paris as of the summer of 2023. The airline will initially fly from New York, and will add service from Boston at a later date. Beyond that, details are limited as of now, as no schedule or exact launch date has been revealed.

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, as we knew that JetBlue was planning on making Paris its next transatlantic destination. I’m excited to see this JetBlue expand into this market.

What do you make of JetBlue’s expansion to Paris?

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  1. Eric Guest

    7 & 7.5 hrs. on a Narrow body. Thank you NO.

  2. Tim Dunn Diamond

    JBLU simply won't compete for corporate traffic. AF OR DL can match all of the capacity JBLU can offer from NYC AND BOS to CDG with just one AF or DL flight.

    JBLU TRIES to appeal to the premium coach or small business market but they don't compete for and won't succeed at corporate traffic.

    If the purpose of announcing the destination but not publishing a schedule is supposedly dictated by being able to say...

    JBLU simply won't compete for corporate traffic. AF OR DL can match all of the capacity JBLU can offer from NYC AND BOS to CDG with just one AF or DL flight.

    JBLU TRIES to appeal to the premium coach or small business market but they don't compete for and won't succeed at corporate traffic.

    If the purpose of announcing the destination but not publishing a schedule is supposedly dictated by being able to say you fly someplace, not knowing when the flight will operate - if it does - won't help to sell the service.

  3. Sharon Guest

    Ahh Jetblue's lackluster strategy yet again!! Why make this announcement if they don't launch flight sales with it.

    Okay, Boston flights start later, but they should announce JFK starting date

    1. Bill Guest

      Delta is that you? LOL

      Obviously because they need to know that the planes will be delivered first before they can fly it. There is plenty of time before summer 2023 starts.

    2. john Guest

      She isn't wrong. JetBlue has no strategy and no clue what kind of airline they want to be.

    3. sharon Guest

      Yes, JetBlue is completely mismanaged. Jetblue is probably most comparable to Alaska (yes I know they have major differences). Alaska is reliable, and one of the best run airlines and just so happens to be among, if not the most profitable airlines. Jetblue- has no reliability, among the least profitable because of its poor management.

      From a legacy to a ULCC you don't announce a route unless you can put it on sale. This...

      Yes, JetBlue is completely mismanaged. Jetblue is probably most comparable to Alaska (yes I know they have major differences). Alaska is reliable, and one of the best run airlines and just so happens to be among, if not the most profitable airlines. Jetblue- has no reliability, among the least profitable because of its poor management.

      From a legacy to a ULCC you don't announce a route unless you can put it on sale. This is all jetblues fault, nothing to do with any other airlines

    4. Kiwi Guest

      The purpose for the route announcement is more focused on commercial contract negotiations which happen this time of year. They’re clearly trying to be include the route in the offering they present to enterprise customers

    5. LovetoFly Guest

      But without published schedule they won't be taken seriously if they are trying to secure corporate contracts. JetBlue has had little to no impact on the JFK-LON and BOS-LON markets, they will have even less of an impact on JFK-CDG and BOS-CDG routes.

    6. Bill Guest

      AS and B6 are hardly comparable. AS has a very average product in a part of the country where it has very little competition. Once they branched out into California with the VX purchase you saw route after route dropped as AS just could not compete. They are profitable not because they are well managed but because they have kept themselves boxed into SEA where other carriers can't grow because of limited gate capacity. Good...

      AS and B6 are hardly comparable. AS has a very average product in a part of the country where it has very little competition. Once they branched out into California with the VX purchase you saw route after route dropped as AS just could not compete. They are profitable not because they are well managed but because they have kept themselves boxed into SEA where other carriers can't grow because of limited gate capacity. Good strategy in the short term but what are they going to do when they need to grow and venture outside of SEA?

      B6 competes on every single route it operates despite facing fierce competition from the day it started. It also has very few flights within the West Coast and as anybody can tell you, the weather on the West Coast is hardly comparable to that of the East Coast which faces many ATC problems and various weather conditions throughout the year. An inch or two of snow in SEA and AS has a meltdown.

      Business fares from BOS to CDG are high because DL/AF have a monopoly on the route. JetBlue is smart to go after business markets where a better product at a lower pricing point would be welcome.

      Once the merger with NK goes through and many more new planes are delivered, B6 will have an extensive network within North America and have the capacity to expand even more into to Europe and Latin America.

      Meanwhile, AS will be stuck in SEA with its uninspired product and very limited network.

    7. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      @Bill,
      Save for the differences in coastal weather types, almost none of what you wrote is accurate.

      You act as though AS isn't the 1st or 2nd largest operator in every west coast market save LAX... yet claim they don't know how to compete?

      Sure, an SFO hub didn't work out the way they may have hoped, so they shifted most of that capacity back to SEA; were another Legacy carrier had grown from...

      @Bill,
      Save for the differences in coastal weather types, almost none of what you wrote is accurate.

      You act as though AS isn't the 1st or 2nd largest operator in every west coast market save LAX... yet claim they don't know how to compete?

      Sure, an SFO hub didn't work out the way they may have hoped, so they shifted most of that capacity back to SEA; were another Legacy carrier had grown from less than 30 to more than 160 flights per day, in the span of only five years-- sorta torpedoing your depiction of an insular Seattle, where AS is sheltered from competition.

    8. bob Guest

      umm no. Alaska is fine for trips up/down the west coast where your trips tend to be less than 2 hours. But I would not want to fly ca to nyc on alaska 1st vs Jetblue mint. Thats comparing apples & oranges. jetblue has a significantly better product than alaska for not that much more $$. I do that route half a dozen times/year and its never alaska and almost always jetblue follow by delta...

      umm no. Alaska is fine for trips up/down the west coast where your trips tend to be less than 2 hours. But I would not want to fly ca to nyc on alaska 1st vs Jetblue mint. Thats comparing apples & oranges. jetblue has a significantly better product than alaska for not that much more $$. I do that route half a dozen times/year and its never alaska and almost always jetblue follow by delta then ual. Alaska and AA are dead to me on that route. sjc to la/san/sea that would almost always be alaska but only because southwest have imploded during the pandemic. For those short routes I don't need anything luxe.

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Eric Guest

7 & 7.5 hrs. on a Narrow body. Thank you NO.

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bob Guest

umm no. Alaska is fine for trips up/down the west coast where your trips tend to be less than 2 hours. But I would not want to fly ca to nyc on alaska 1st vs Jetblue mint. Thats comparing apples & oranges. jetblue has a significantly better product than alaska for not that much more $$. I do that route half a dozen times/year and its never alaska and almost always jetblue follow by delta then ual. Alaska and AA are dead to me on that route. sjc to la/san/sea that would almost always be alaska but only because southwest have imploded during the pandemic. For those short routes I don't need anything luxe.

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ConcordeBoy Diamond

@Bill, Save for the differences in coastal weather types, almost none of what you wrote is accurate. You act as though AS isn't the 1st or 2nd largest operator in every west coast market save LAX... yet claim they don't know how to compete? Sure, an SFO hub didn't work out the way they may have hoped, so they shifted most of that capacity back to SEA; were another Legacy carrier had grown from less than 30 to more than 160 flights per day, in the span of only five years-- sorta torpedoing your depiction of an insular Seattle, where AS is sheltered from competition.

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