JetBlue Expands Airbus A220 Services Out Of Boston

JetBlue is growing its Airbus A220 presence out of Boston. The airline will be scheduling more routes with…

JetBlue Expands Airbus A220 Services Out Of Boston

JetBlue is growing its Airbus A220 presence out of Boston. The airline will be scheduling more routes with the jet starting later this year. Currently, the airline is flying its Airbus A220-300 primarily down to Florida out of Boston. Now, the airline will be growing that footprint to include Texas, Tennessee, and New York.

JetBlue is bringing the Airbus A220-300 on more routes this fall. Photo: Airbus

JetBlue plans additional Airbus A220-300 routes

JetBlue will add the Airbus A220 to four routes out of Boston Logan International Airport (BOS):

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Texas
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA) in Tennessee
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York

The four new routes will complement the following airports where JetBlue is already flying, or will fly, with the Airbus A220:

  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Florida
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Florida
A220 Routes
The routes the Airbus A220 will serve. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

As such, three of the four new routes will expand the A220’s route profile out of Florida. This comes as JetBlue will take on more Airbus A220s. According to The Points Guy, the four new routes will start with service from September 8th.

Analyzing the A220 routes

JetBlue will be replacing a mix of jets on these routes. Most of the aircraft currently operating those routes are Airbus A320 aircraft. Come September, the airline will replace those routes with A220 operations.

There are some exceptions. The Embraer E190, which the A220 is largely slated to replace, does have a history of operating some of these routes. This includes Fort Myers, Nashville, and New York-LaGuardia.

However, some of these routes, such as Austin, are historically legacy Airbus A320 routes. In those instances, JetBlue is using the Airbus A220 during lower demand periods. September and October are typically slower months in the US. As such, replacing the A320 with an A220 will allow JetBlue to cut capacity slightly and have a better shot at filling up its planes.

JetBlue Airbus A220
JetBlue will be using the A220 to replace Embraer E190s and, in some cases, Airbus A320s during off-peak seasons. Photo: JetBlue

The Airbus A220-300 is also being deployed in competitive markets. Austin is turning into an American Airlines focus city. Nashville is a strong Southwest market. Florida is a very competitive market, with many airlines significantly boosting services to and from the states.

The Airbus A220 will allow JetBlue to offer a competitive product in competitive marketplaces with competitive operating economics. Essentially, it is the perfect airplane for these JetBlue routes – especially during off-season travel times.

About JetBlue’s Airbus A220s

JetBlue currently only plans to fly the Airbus A220-300. The first A220 entered revenue service just a couple of weeks ago between Boston and Tampa.

JetBlue’s Airbus A220s are outfitted in a 2-3 configuration, meaning fewer middle seats on the aircraft than an Airbus A320 or A321. However, the Embraer E190s it will replace features a 2-2 configuration.

JetBlue A220
JetBlue’s Airbus A220s feature complimentary inflight entertainment and power. Photo: JetBlue

Nevertheless, the Airbus A220-300 will be a huge upgrade for passengers. The plane has bigger windows, larger overhead bins, and power available at all seats.

JetBlue also offers its passengers on-demand inflight entertainment through seatback screens. The Airbus A220 also offers WiFi, so passengers can choose whether they want to work on the flight or indulge in complimentary inflight entertainment.

Are you going to fly any of these JetBlue Airbus A220 routes? Let us know in the comments!

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Bamboo Airways Sets Plans To Fly To Los Angeles And San Francisco

Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways has outlined plans to fly to the US. Flying nonstop from Vietnam to California,…

Bamboo Airways Sets Plans To Fly To Los Angeles And San Francisco

Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways has outlined plans to fly to the US. Flying nonstop from Vietnam to California, Bamboo Airways will be the only carrier with scheduled nonstop service between the two countries. It will not be the first Vietnamese carrier to land in the US, but so far, it seems to be beating out flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on flights to the United States.

Bamboo Airways is planning to launch US flights from September 1st. Photo: Bamboo Airways

Bamboo Airways receives US operating rights

VnExpress has reported that Bamboo Airways has received slots and is planning on flying from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The current plan is for the airline to operate those flights from September 1st. Bamboo Airways will utilize Boeing 787-9s on the routes. Both routes will be served daily. In 2020, Bamboo Airways received approval from the US government to run flights between Vietnam and the US.

Bamboo Airways
Bamboo Airways will use a Boeing 787-9 on the routes. Photo: Bamboo Airways

Nonstop flights between the US and Vietnam

When Bamboo Airways launches the services, it may be the only airline operating nonstop flights between the United States and Vietnam. In the last few years, airlines have been evaluating launching nonstop flights between the two countries.

At the forefront of the new long-haul flights has been Vietnam Airlines. For the past few years, the airline has been rumored to be on the cusp of announcing long-haul flights to the US.

Vietnam Boeing 787-9
Vietnam Airlines wants to fly to the US using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo: Getty Images

Less than two months ago, Vietnam Airlines’ Board of Directors approved plans to use Boeing 787-9 aircraft to run flights to the US. Initially serving repatriation needs, Vietnam Airlines was looking at Los Angeles and San Francisco and the possibility of other cities like Seattle, Dallas, and New York.

Vietnam Airlines was crowned the winner in this race for the first Vietnamese carrier to operate to the US. The airline flew repatriation flights in 2020. On those routes, the primary goal was to fly as many passengers as possible in as few trips as possible, so Vietnam Airlines utilized Boeing 787-10 aircraft and had to stop in Anchorage, Alaska, on the way back to Vietnam with a full load.

The race is on

The real question now is whether Vietnam Airlines or Bamboo Airways will launch flights first. Both airlines have been rumored to run flights between the two countries, but Bamboo is the first to now put a date to those flights.

Essentially, the race is on. However, this may be a race that carriers do not want to win. Vietnam is still largely closed for leisure travel, so the flights would primarily cater to essential travel needs, some cargo, and repatriation flights.

Bamboo 787
Bamboo Airways is in a race against Vietnam Airlines to run nonstop flights to the US. Photo: Bamboo Airways

In addition, neither carrier has extensive codeshare relationships in the US. Vietnam Airlines has a bit of a head start on Bamboo Airways in this respect. As a member of the SkyTeam alliance, the flag carrier can turn to the alliance’s US carrier: Delta Air Lines, for a codesharing relationship in the US.

Bamboo Airways could forego a codeshare, but it would then be relying mostly on nonstop origin and destination demand, which may prove to be not enough on initial flights– especially in the face of travel restrictions. Instead of a codesharing relationship, Bamboo Airways could consider interlining partnerships.

There may be external factors that could delay that date. For now,  September, the US and Vietnam could get a lot closer.

Are you excited for Bamboo Airways to launch flights to the US? Let us know in the comments!

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