JetBlue Airways (B6) finally unveiled its new Mint Class, which will debut this summer aboard the US carrier’s Airbus A321LRs on flight across the Atlantic from New York and Boston to London. And the new product was worth the wait, because of the stunning design and the ‘firsts’ it features, including the studio-suites and the 1+1 cross-section layout.
AN ‘ALL-SUITE’ PREMIUM CABIN
JetBlue has always been innovative: when it started operations back in 2000, it was the first US airline to offer live tv individual screens at every seat; when it introduced its Mint Business Class in 2013, it was the first carrier to offer lie-flat seats and individual suites aboard narrow-body aircraft on transcontinental routes. And, while preparing its transatlantic debut, it could not do it without introducing a game-changing Business Class: the 24 Thompson Aero Vantage SOLO seats are arranged in a reverse herringbone cabin layout with a 1+1 cross-section for a total of 12 rows. Each suite offers a view from the window and direct, unobstructed access to the aisle and features a lie-flat bed, ample storage, a 17 inches (43cm) TV and a sliding door for even more privacy.
Upfront, the two seats in row 1 are actually two studios complete with the largest lie-flat bed on any US airline, the largest TV screen at 22 inches (56cm), a mirrored vanity, even more storage and a guest seat and table to work, lounge and entertain. “We put our heart into this redesign of Mint and were inspired by our original vision of offering customers an exceptional experience at a lower fare – which is what JetBlue is all about” said Joanna Geraghty, President and Chief Operation Officer at JetBlue. The new cabin will take flight on JetBlue’s services to London, but a smaller layout with just 16 seats will be introduced later this year on a limited selection of rotations between New York and Los Angeles.