The JetBlue cheap USA to Europe flights expansion has been cleared for takeoff in 2021. The concept of cheap flights across the Atlantic between the U.S. and Europe is not new, however.
Norwegian Air is already the undisputed, well-established king of that market. JetBlue is in for hard competition with Norwegian in order to own a piece of the pie providing business and coach class seat budget flights across the Atlantic Ocean.
The announcement of Jet Blue cheap Europe flights
JetBlue’s first European destination is going to be to London. Although it’s still unknown which of the London airports JetBlue will serve the plan is to have several London-flights a day out of New York and Boston.
Norwegian Air currently operates out of London’s Gatwick Airport.
JetBlue’s CEO Robin Hayes
Fox News recently broadcast a news conference with Robin Hayes to talk about the first flights to Europe by JetBlue.
Jet Blue’s Johanna Geraghty
Johanna Geraghty is the President and COO of Jet Blue. She says this about JetBlue’s Europe-concept:
“The fares being charged today by airlines on these routes, specifically on the premium end, is enough to make you blush.”
No ticket pricing has yet been announced. But if you look at budget airline Norwegian Air’s pricing on the route from New York or Boston to London, one has to wonder if JetBlue will be able to price theirs lower than Norwegian.
Norwegian Air’s Premium class fares are already very low and hardly anything to blush over!
Sample fares on Norwegian Air between New York and London
It’s unknown what the fares will be on JetBlue at this time. But, here is a sample of what Norwegian Air charges on the route in today’s market.
JetBlue’s cheap Europe flight-niche
JetBlue’s ambitious plans are to create a niche with low first and business class fares between the U.S. and Europe. Additional features promised to attract passengers include:
- The most legroom in the coach cabin.
- Live television at every seat.
- Free onboard internet.
- Free snacks and soft drinks.
- Quality service.
The airline intends to capitalize on its successful domestic market Mint product, applying the same concept to Atlantic Ocean crossings. The premier Mint-service concept first started in 2014.
First-class and business-class airfares between the East Coast and the West Coast of the U.S. were drastically reduced with the implementation of Mint.
Mint-service means business class flat-bed seats, which is always welcomed on any transoceanic flight crossing.
The difference in airplanes and cabin configurations used
The type of airplane used, as well as its cabin configuration, plays an important role when flyers choose their long-distance flights. The type of airplane used often translates to passenger comfort (or discomfort).
Norwegian Air: B787 Dreamliner
Norwegian’s primary airplane for Trans Atlantic flights is the B787. They were also using the B737 MAX 8 for flights between the East Coast and Europe until the worldwide grounding of the MAX.
Norwegian’s Premium class B787 seats are very comfortable, but they cannot lie flat like JetBlue’s business class seats. They do, however, recline comfortably, and they have a leg rest.
Norwegian is also in the process of offering WiFi on Trans Atlantic flights, matching JetBlue’s plans for that. Norwegian does not, however, provide live television during Atlantic crossings.
Norwegian’s coach class seats are also pretty good. Whether there will be more legroom in coach on JetBlue’s small Airbus than what you find on Norwegians’ B787 Dreamliner remains to be seen.
Comparing the B737 MAX (assuming it was currently flying) with the A321, both airplanes are similar for cabin comfort. Both are rather small for long flights, and both have quieter cabins than their predecessors.
JetBlue: Airbus A321 Neo Long-Range
The airline will be flying the route using the new single-aisle A321LR (the LR stands for Long Range). JetBlue has an order with Airbus for more than 12 of the new aircraft.
A single-aisle aircraft, or a “narrow-body”, however, can never give you the same feel of roominess or “cabin space-comfort” as a larger aircraft such as the B787 can.
Evaluating the choice of aircraft type on such merits would probably make the B787 that Norwegian flies a clear choice of airplane among many passengers.
JetBlue’s business class seats, however, are well-designed, lay flat seats that could make the size of the airplane irrelevant to the customer.
So, which airline would offer the best overall product for the price?
It’s really a preference what you put the most weight on and what your preferences are.
Things that may be important to you could include not just the price. Seat-comfort, cabin roominess, legroom, service quality, and other things should all play into your decision on whom you wish to book your fare.