JetBlue Airways will unveil its new first class seat for transcontinental flights at Monday’s Global Business Travel Association meeting in San Diego, a senior airline executive told L.A. Airspace.
The executive said the new seat will be a game changer for the airline, which does not currently have a first or business class cabin. It is expected to be deployed on soon-to-be delivered Airbus A321 aircraft flying coast-to-coast routes, such as LAX and Long Beach to New York.
The executive also said JetBlue’s price point should be considerably lower than the premium fares currently offered by legacy carriers United, American and Delta. Transcontinental flights, especially between Los Angeles and New York, are important money makers for airlines.
This is a big deal for aviation enthusiasts.
Early reports in the airline industry media suggested JetBlue was planning to install “suites,” possibly with a sliding door for maximum privacy. According to a filing from aircraft manufacturer Airbus, JetBlue likely will install 16 premium seats and 143 economy seats in the new A321s, which will be delivered in 2014.