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JetBlue unveils sliding door suites for flights to London

JetBlue new mint suites for their Airbus A321LRs.

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JetBlue Airways on Monday unveiled the first major redesign of its Mint seats since the premium cabin debuted in 2014, with private suites that it hopes will win over transatlantic customers of rivals.

The New York-based airline plans to debut the new cabins on new Airbus A321LR aircraft on their first flights to London, which they plan to launch this summer.

Uncertainty is still clouding the market for once highly profitable transatlantic voyages, which the coronavirus pandemic destroyed more than domestic flights. Travel restrictions, concerns about the spread of Covid-19 and a slow adoption of vaccines promise difficult months for airlines. The recovery in business and international demand is expected to take longer.

JetBlue new mint suites for their Airbus A321LRs.

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The new Mint Suites have sliding doors and 1-1 configurations so travelers don't have a passenger right next to them. The planes will have 24 of the Mint suites. JetBlue will equip the planes with two Mint "studios" that have an additional side table and a small second seat to address business travelers. There are also plans to equip jets with 16 suites on some aircraft that will be used for flights between New York and Los Angeles this year.

JetBlue new mint suites for their Airbus A321LRs.

Courtesy JetBlue

In recent years, airlines have equipped premium cabins with sliding door suites, promoting privacy as a new luxury on board.

JetBlue announced in April 2019 that it was planning to launch flights from the east coast to London on its long-haul single-aisle aircraft.

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