US airline JetBlue is promising to offer some of the cheapest but most comfortable transatlantic flights when it launches services from London later this year.
Included in the airfare will be free wifi, a complimentary meal from trendy New York farm-sourced restaurant chain Dig, the widest seats with more legroom in economy than any other airline on the rout, plus free entertainment.
JetBlue says it will bring “a whole new level of service and comfort to customers who want a great experience at a low fare”.
It says it’splanning to offer flights from London to New York JFK Airport and to Boston.
But it hasn’t confirmed yet when it will launch, the cost of its flights, or which London airports they will serve.
It has enough take-off and landing slots at London Heathrow to offer daily flights from August, rising to 11 flights a week from early September and 14 flights a week by the end of September, up to the end of October.
The airline also has lots of slots at Gatwick Airport. It says it will announce later which airports it will fly from.
JetBlue claims its single-aisle aircraft will be fitted with economy seats that are wider and provide more legroom than any other airline on flying between the UK and the US.
In economy (Core), it will have a seat pitch of 32 inches, which is an inch more than typically available on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights.
At 18.4 inches wide, the seats will also be roomier than both BA’s and Virgin’s, which are 17.5 to 18.1 inches and 17 inches to 17.4 inches respectively.
JetBlue will become the first airline to offer free, unlimited high-speed wifi on transatlantic flights. Every seat will be fitted with AC and USB-C ports.
Passengers will also have access to a selection of live TV channels, including news and sports.
The airline is also promising an ‘extensive’ library of seat-back entertainment.
Food & drink
JetBlue has partnered with New York farm-sourced restaurant chain Dig to offer ‘build-your-own’ complimentary meals to economy passengers.
What this means is that customers will be able to choose a main dish and two out of three hot and cold sides.
For morning departures, the menu will include a mix of sweet and savoury breakfast dishes, including a mixed berry bread pudding and citrus salad with honey.
There will also be a self-service snack basket available throughout the flight, and free soft drinks, coffee, tea, beer, wine and liquor, a post-meal dessert, plus a light snack prior to landing.
JetBlue hasn’t given any indication of its fares so far. It says these will be released at a later date.