London’s calling: JetBlue’s inaugural flight to Europe takes off tonight

Aug 11, 2021

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It’s really happening! While some travelers had their doubts over whether JetBlue’s nonstop service between New York-JFK and London Heathrow would launch on schedule, given the uncertainty around U.K. travel, the country is officially open to vaccinated Americans, and JetBlue’s A321LR will indeed cross the Atlantic as planned.

I’ll be experiencing the airline’s “Core” economy product on tonight’s flight, and while I’d normally prefer to confirm a lie-flat seat for a short transatlantic redeye, I’m actually excited about JetBlue’s new London-bound coach, given the fantastic meals we’re expecting onboard.

JetBlue’s Core seats are arranged in a 3-3 configuration throughout. (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Business-class flyers, meanwhile, will travel in JetBlue’s latest Mint suite — or, if they’re extra lucky, one of the two Mint Studios. The experience should be comparable to what JetBlue’s offering on its domestic Mint-equipped Airbus A321neo, but with a significantly larger business cabin.

Related: JetBlue still plans to launch London flights, slashes September schedule

JetBlue Flight 7 is scheduled to depart JFK at 9:48 p.m. ET tonight, arriving at London Heathrow (LHR) at 10:10 a.m. local time Thursday morning. The flight operates daily for the rest of this month, before moving to four days a week in September. It’s expected to return to daily in October, depending on demand.

Round-trip economy fares currently start at just under $600, while Mint business class is priced just under $2,000 round-trip on most dates. Other carriers have matched JetBlue’s transatlantic pricing for now, but it remains to be seen whether or not that’ll last.

Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy

 

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