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New Plane Could Fuel JetBlue Expansion to Europe and South America

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It’s a busy week for the aviation industry. Many airline and aircraft manufacturer executives are out making deals at the Paris Air Show, but JetBlue is chatting up its own fleet back at home. On the table is the new Airbus A321LR, a single-aisle plane that may be able to fly as far as 4,500 miles without refueling, bringing most of Europe and even some destinations in lower South America within range of the airline’s JFK hub.

At 4,360 miles from Orlando, Rio would be within A321LR range of JetBlue's Florida hub.
At 4,360 miles from Fort Lauderdale, Rio would be within A321LR range of JetBlue’s Florida hub.

JetBlue’s Marty St. George told Reuters that he’s very excited about the A321LR, adding that the plane could allow JetBlue to reach Brazil, a destination too far for the airline’s current A320 and A321 planes. St. George said that the plane could bring many other destinations within reach as well, including Western Europe.

We reached out to JetBlue regarding that Europe suggestion, but it sounds like a transatlantic flight isn’t on the table quite yet:

“It’s too early to speculate on the capabilities of the A321LR. Of course our customers would like us to fly to the many places they want to go, but right now we remain focused on growing in our core markets like the Caribbean and Latin America.”

H/T: Reuters

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