JetBlue launches Paris, its second European destination

  • JetBlue continues to expand its relevance in its focus cities in the Northeast with another long-demand destination and a route long dominated by global high-cost carriers

JetBlue today announced plans to expand transatlantic service to continental Europe with a new service to Paris starting next summer. Paris will be JetBlue’s second transatlantic destination after the airline successfully launched flights to London in August 2021, where it quickly expanded its schedule to five daily flights between the United States and the United Kingdom. With connections to London and Paris, JetBlue will play a unique role in disrupting traditional high-fare carriers that have used joint ventures and global alliances to dominate these routes for decades.

JetBlue Brings a New Style of Low Fares and Great Service to Paris for Continental Europe’s Most Visited City (Graphic: Business Wire)

JetBlue offers something completely unique compared to what you get from the major global legacy airlines on these routes – where a single high-fare joint venture operates nearly three-quarters of the flights,said Robin Hayes, JetBlue Chief Executive Officer. “The response to our London service is proof that the combination of great service and cheap rates works. We can’t wait to bring our revamped Mint and Core offerings to continental Europe’s most visited city.

JetBlue plans to introduce non-stop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in the summer of 2023, and later non-stop service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Add Paris CDG. The seats will go on sale in the coming months.

Paris is the largest European destination not currently served by JetBlue from its two northeastern focus cities of New York and Boston – and the market between the US and France is the second largest in the world. JetBlue plans to offer flights to Paris from both cities as the company continues to expand its prominence in the Northeast with new routes most requested by customers. France is the world’s most visited country and is on track to reach almost 75 million visitors this year, with a travel trend expected to be just as strong in 2023. JetBlue’s new service at Paris-CDG will give the airline a highly visible presence at the major global travel hub, where it can develop a new customer base of travelers wishing to fly between Europe and the US

Atout France would like to welcome JetBlue to the family of airlines that have chosen to serve Francesaid Anne-Laure Tuncer, Director USA Atout France and Regional Coordinator for the Americas. “With so much catching up to do, JetBlue is just in time to let its American customers experience the vitality and diversity of what France has to offer, new culinary itineraries and exciting upcoming sporting events – like the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024 – and everything France is known for.

Airbus aircraft

The Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft – offering the range of a widebody but the economy of a single aisle aircraft – allows JetBlue to compete effectively, with award-winning service and low fares on flights between New York and Boston and Paris. JetBlue converted 13 aircraft in its existing A321 order book to the LR version in April 2019, with the option to convert more. In addition, JetBlue has converted an additional 13 aircraft in its existing order book to the Extra Long Range or XLR version of the A321.

The A321LR enables JetBlue to enter new long-haul markets such as London and Paris that were previously inaccessible with the airline’s existing fleet. The LR’s range of up to 4,000 nautical miles is made possible by three additional central fuel tanks, and the aircraft offers 30 percent fuel savings and a nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. JetBlue is also the global launch partner for Airspace by Airbus’ new cabin, bringing long-haul style to the A321 for the first time.

JetBlue’s A321LR is powered by two Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The GTF engine, with its revolutionary gear fan technology, is transforming aviation by delivering breakthrough economic and environmental performance. The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine also includes advances in aerodynamics, lightweight materials and other key technological improvements.

New York, November 16, 2022

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