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This spring, JetBlue is taking delivery of the Airbus A321neo (new engine option), an aircraft that will provide greater range and fuel efficiency for the airline. In fact, the long range variant of this A321neo will propel JetBlue’s service to Europe in 2021.
However, before transatlantic service starts, JetBlue will fly its longest route in its network at 2,970 miles — between New York (JFK) and Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE). Service starts on December 5, 2019 with a one flight per day in each direction.
- Departing JFK at 2pm and arriving GYE 9:04pm
- Departing GYE at 10:55pm and arriving JFK at 5:13am (+1)
Previously, the longest route was between Boston (BOS) and San Francisco (SFO) which is 2,704 miles. The A321neo is 20% more fuel efficient and can fly an additional 500 miles over the regular A321 workhorse.
“The introduction of the A321neo to our fleet opens up a world of new possibilities as we think about the future of our growing network, building out our focus cities, and offering new and unique nonstop routes to our customers,” said Andrea Lusso, director route planning, JetBlue.
Similar to how JetBlue announced its entry to the European market would lower fares overall, the airline promises to do the same between New York and Guayaquil. Currently, the only nonstop option between the city pairs is on LATAM.