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JetBlue continues to drop hints about launching flights to London.
And they are being cheeky about it.
First, the airline sent out a save-the-date invite for its company-wide meeting. Nothing special there. But, those with a savvy eye notice that the background is very similar to a pattern used by London’s subway system, affectionately known as The Tube. (see below)
Then there is the brow-raising response JetBlue published days later to a recent Delta Air Lines request to the Department of Transportation for six new US to Haneda Airport (HND) slot pairs.
Delta’s request for Haneda slots takes issue with the tight-knit relationships among the airlines that fly between the US and Japan. They claim, by addition of six new Delta slots, that they could provide “meaningful competition” that would break up the joint ventures that currently dominate U.S.-Japan routes, specifically All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and their partners United Airlines and American Airlines.
While JetBlue takes a neutral stance on Delta’s request for slots in Japan and actually commends the DOT for working to open up international access for US carriers across the board, it says the same argument applies to the competitive imbalance at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS). Basically, it says, Delta can’t have it both ways — it cannot seek DOT assistance for additional access at Haneda while actively denying it to JetBlue at LHR and AMS.
All and all, this is yet another indication of JetBlue’s potential plans to launch transatlantic flights — now with Amsterdam in the equation. Perhaps we’ll get an official announcement at that all-hands JetBlue meeting on April 10.
We reached out to JetBlue for comment but they did not reply by the publication of this article.
Featured image by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images.
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