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Travel JetBlue accelerates Airbus A220 deliveries, Boston-Washington a possible early route

00:20  08 may  2020
00:20  08 may  2020 Source:   thepointsguy.com

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This article lists firm orders and deliveries for the Airbus A 220 family of aircraft (formerly known as Bombardier CSeries), currently in production by Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, a partnership between Airbus , Bombardier Inc. and the Government of Québec. As of March 2020.

JetBlue Airways will use 60 new Airbus A 220 aircraft to replace its existing Embraer 190 planes with more seats aboard planes with larger overhead bins and windows, executives said Wednesday. “We are absolutely thrilled with the A 220 , believing that it balances the needs of all of our stakeholders

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JetBlue Airways is accelerating deliveries of the popular Airbus A220 even as it trims the number of new jets arriving over the next two years amid an uncertain outlook following the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York-based carrier will take its first of 70 A220-300s later this year as planned, betting on the jet’s economics to help its bottom line through the crisis, JetBlue chief financial officer Steve Priest said during an earnings call on Thursday. Another seven A220s will arrive next year — one more than previously planned — and eight in 2022.

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JetBlue is known for offering the most legroom in coach, and Airbus boasts that “the A 220 offers “The A 220 ’s cabin design offers customers the best inflight experience,” the airline said in a press The carrier expects to take delivery of the new aircraft beginning in 2020, at which point it will begin

For Airbus , quickly racking up orders for the A 220 is a crucial challenge as the Toulouse, France-based company seeks to lower costs. For JetBlue , the transaction will yield an all- Airbus fleet, which Priest called an “undoubted advantage” because it will reduce costs for items such as parts and training.

“The economics of this aircraft are spectacular and I’m pleased to have them in the orderbook,” he told analysts when asked whether keeping the deliveries made sense.

Priest added that the “business case” for the jet — which is expected to seat about 130 passengers in a 2-3 layout for JetBlue — remained despite the crisis. JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes chimed in that the A220 could even benefit routes like the shuttle between Boston Logan (BOS) and Washington Reagan National (DCA).

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JetBlue is in survival mode as the COVID-19 crisis hits the industry hard. The airline has parked some 170 of its 262 planes — two-thirds of its fleet — cut capacity by 80% in the second quarter, and some 11,000 staff have taken voluntary unpaid leave.

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JetBlue has ordered 60 Airbus A 220 airliners with an option for 60 additional jets . Airbus SE scored a key victory on Tuesday, with U.S. airline JetBlue announcing it would buy 60 of its A 220 -300 narrowbody jets , the first major order for the planemaker's newly rebranded program as its battle with

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Despite these efforts, JetBlue lost $268 million during the three months ending in March. Demand for air travel fell off a cliff at the end of February when COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S.

Americans, by and large, are staying put. Many states and cities remain under shelter-at-home or safer-at-home orders as officials work to flatten the curve and boost testing capacity ahead of further re-openings. Even then, it’s not clear how quickly people will return to the sky.

A recent survey by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) found that at least 40% of would-be travelers will wait at least six months after restrictions are eased before flying again.

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a large passenger jet sitting on top of a tarmac at an airport: JetBlue debuted its first A321neo on flights last September. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy JetBlue debuted its first A321neo on flights last September. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

With so many unknowns, JetBlue has adjusted its fleet plans. It paused a multi-year effort to reconfigure, or “restyle,” the cabins on is Airbus A320s with new seats, inflight entertainment and other interior upgrades. The airline is also awaiting more clarity on the recovery before making a decision on how many of its 170 parked jets will return to service.

JetBlue says it’s pressing ahead with plans to fly to London

  JetBlue says it’s pressing ahead with plans to fly to London JetBlue still plans to begin transatlantic service in the foreseeable future, despite ongoing difficulties across the airline industry. In its quarterly earnings call on Thursday, the New York-based low cost carrier said its top priority in the coming years will be a return to profitability. But CEO Robin Hayes said there will still be opportunities …In its quarterly earnings call on Thursday, the New York-based low cost carrier said its top priority in the coming years will be a return to profitability.

The Airbus A 220 is now in service for Delta Air Lines. Delta completed its first revenue flight on the jet Thursday morning with Delta Flight 744. The two routes beginning Thursday – Boston -LaGuardia and Dallas/Fort Worth-LaGuardia – are among the first routes Delta has targeted for its first A 220

JetBlue Airways has placed a firm order for 60 Airbus A 220 -300s. Image source: Airbus . JetBlue thinks it will be able to stimulate enough demand on its current E190 routes to make the A 220 -300's superior unit cost The A 220 's range will allow JetBlue to increase its aircraft utilization. Indeed, 41 of the 60 firm A 220 deliveries will come in those two years, followed by the last pair of aircraft in 2025.

The carrier has slashed its new Airbus A321neo deliveries by 22 aircraft through 2022. Under the revised schedule, JetBlue will take four more jets this year, five A321neos and five of the longer-range A321LRs next year, and seven A321LRs in 2022.

The A321LRs are needed for JetBlue to launch its long-planned service to London. Due to begin in 2021, Hayes said Thursday that the plans will be “shifted back a bit in terms of timing” due to the crisis.

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JetBlue is already laying out possible service plans for the A220s. First ordered in 2018, the planes will seat around 130-passengers in a 2-3 economy class layout. They will replace the carrier’s 60 100-seat Embraer E190s over the next few years, though that timeline could also be accelerated following the coronavirus.

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A full length, full flight video with JetBlue Airways onboard Embraer 190 N197JB, operating flight B61089 from Boston to Washington National Airport on June

Airbus A 220 -300 aircraft in flight. Airbus , photo by F. Lancelot, master films. This choice of aircraft will give the airlines flexibility to cover under-served regional markets Neeleman favors Airbus aircraft as reflected by the fleet mix at his other projects JetBlue , Azul Brazilian Airlines and TAP Air Portugal.

“Markets like a Boston-DCA where we have multiple frequencies a day, those markets might be better served with less frequency for a period of time,” said Hayes. “An airplane like a A220 could be really helpful for that in actually helping us serve it more positively.”

Prior to the crisis, JetBlue offered up to 14 flights a day between Boston and Washington National, almost exclusively on E190s, according to Cirium schedules.

The Boston-Washington route has been one of the carrier’s “best markets,” as JetBlue director of route planning Andrea Lusso described it to TPG last year.

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