Business Travel News Europe 2/1/2021
JetBlue has unveiled the premium offering for its transatlantic services that are planned to launch later this year. The airline announced in 2019 that it would launch its first European services to London using Airbus A321LR single-aisle aircraft this summer.
The airline’s service will feature 24 Mint ‘suites’ featuring Thompson Aero Seating’s VantageSOLO seat in a herringbone configuration with sliding doors for privacy, an enhancement of its domestic Mint offering which is now on 30 routes in the US.
The Mint suite will also include a tilting 17-inch seatback screen, wireless charging capabilities, in-seat power, as well as laptop, shoe and handbag stowage and a Tuft & Needle adaptive mattress foam cushion.
The cabin design, featuring textures, such as flannel-covered privacy dividers, concrete lampshades, woodgrain table patterns and soft, vegan leather-covered seats and headrests, is "intended to make customers feel at home in the air".
Each flight will also include two Mint Studios in the front row of the plane. These feature an additional guest seat and side table and a 22-inch tilting seatback screen.
The carrier says Mint Studio will be “the largest lie-flat bed of any US carrier”.
“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,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and chief operating officer.
JetBlue is expected to launch its services from New York and Boston to London in summer 2021 and will also offer Mint Studio on a limited number of flights between New York and Los Angeles later in 2021.
Accor has launched a global rollout of its digital room key solution, dubbed Accor Key, with the aim of providing a contactless guest experience at its properties.