We can’t travel overseas yet, but when we can, this will have been worth waiting for.
US budget airline JetBlue is about to revolutionise flying with its new private suites, including new sky beds that are said to be as large and luxurious as any in the sky.
Best of all, the airline promises they’ll be as affordable as economy class.
JetBlue’s new business class suites will debut on the carrier’s first transatlantic flights connecting New York and Boston with London, which launch on A321neo aircraft in months.
The flat-lie beds are said to be the biggest on any American aircraft. Picture: JetBlueSource:Supplied
It’s a business class redesign of the airline’s premium cabin, called Mint, which has won fans since 2014 with its spacious seats, trendy interiors and incredibly low fares.
The Mint cabin will feature 24 individual suites, each with a fully enclosed area and lie-flat beds, as well as wireless charging, 17-inch entertainment systems and plugs and laptop storage.
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The seating is made with soft vegan leather. Picture: JetBlueSource:Supplied
Two of the cabins will be even larger. Called Mint Studios, the 2sq m mini-rooms are designed to emulate a studio apartment and can fit two travellers behind fully-closing doors, with the largest bed ever seen on an American aircraft. The airline says the Mint Studio beds are so big, passengers can “starfish” on them.
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There will be 24 Mint business class suites, including two extra-large ones. Picture: JetBlueSource:Supplied
Mint Studio passengers, who will be right at the front of the plane, will also get an amenities kit with a memory foam pillow, sleeping kit with eye mask and ear plugs, and a blanket with a built-in foot pocket, as well as the 17-inch screen in the other suites.
Headquartered in New York, JetBlue is a large, low-cost airline that flies domestically in the US as well as to international destinations across Mexico, Cental and South America and the Caribbean. Its upcoming transatlantic flights will be its first foray to the UK.
All suites come with 17-inch entertainment systems. Picture: JetBlueSource:Supplied
It first announced plans for its Mint premium class product in 2013 and gradually rolled it out across its network.
When it launched Mint seats on flights between New York and San Francisco and Los Angeles, tickets cost as low as $750 each way.
“Mint was an idea to make premium travel across the US less stuffy and more affordable, and its performance has exceeded even our most optimistic expectations of going beyond New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco,” the airline’s president and chief operating officer Joanna Geraghty said.
The soon-to-be launched cabins are considered a game-changer for international travel. Picture: JetBlueSource:Supplied
The airline says the new luxury cabins on the upcoming transatlantic flights will also be super affordable, however, it’s yet to reveal what they will actually cost.
But they’re tipped to compete heavily with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways on flights between the US and UK when they launch.
According to the aviation experts at One Mile at a Time, business class fares between Boston and London on British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Delta are generally priced between $4000 and $5000 for a return journey, with prices spiking to as much as $8500 closer to the departure date.
It is estimated JetBlue might price its business class tickets between the US and the UK at around $2900.
People in the UK are currently unable to travel to the US or any destination for non-essential reasons due to the country’s ongoing lockdown.
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