JetBlue Schedules The World’s Longest A220 Flight For September

JetBlue intends to use the A220 on 26 routes in September 2022, including from Boston to San Jose…

JetBlue Schedules The World’s Longest A220 Flight For September

JetBlue intends to use the A220 on 26 routes in September 2022, including from Boston to San Jose and Portland on the West Coast, along with two routes to Cancun. The carrier’s booking engine now reflects the changes. Currently, Boston to San Jose has the longest block time of any A220 route scheduled next September, but it won’t be the longest by distance.

JetBlue will have 26 A220 routes in September 2022, most replacing the larger A320. It’ll benefit from a lower trip cost, fewer seats to fill, and hopefully stronger unit revenue. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

What’s happening?

JetBlue has revealed plans to operate 26 A220-300 routes in September 2022 – its most ever. Some 18 routes will be from Boston, six from New York JFK, and two from Cancun.

In comparison, in October 2021, JetBlue deploys the 140-seat aircraft on nine routes solely from Boston: Atlanta; Austin; Fort Lauderdale; Fort Myers; Houston Intercontinental; Nashville; San Antonio; Savannah; and Tampa.

JetBlue currently has six A220-300s with a further 64 to be delivered. Until March, the type will be used only from Boston, after which JFK comes online with routes to Kansas City and Milwaukee. As it presently stands, these two routes will be the only A220 services from JFK until September, when Albuquerque, Nashville, New Orleans, and San Antonio will all commence.

JetBlue's A220 routes
Expect more routes by the small Airbus in the coming months. Source of data: Cirium.

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The A220 to San Jose and Portland

The biggest standouts are Boston’s long routes to San Jose (California) and Portland (Oregon). Both will first see the smaller jet from September 8th, with JetBlue’s booking engine confirming the changes. JetBlue first took off from Boston to San Jose in 2005 and Portland in 2011.

At 2,336 nautical miles, the block time to San Jose is six hours and 39 minutes. To Portland, it’s 2,205nm and six hours and 15 minutes. The schedule is as follows; all times are local, and both routes are seven weekly.

  • B61171: Boston-San Jose, 16:30-20:09
  • B6672: San Jose-Boston, 21:00-05:35+1 (the next day)
  • B61395: Boston-Portland: 19:55-23:10
  • B61396: Portland-Boston: 23:59-08:18+1 (the next day)
JetBlue's A220 route network in September and October 2022
This is where JetBlue plans to use the A220 next September. Image: OAG Mapper.

World’s longest A220 route by block time

At six hours and 39 minutes, JetBlue’s Boston to San Jose will have the longest block time of any other A220 route currently scheduled for that month. It can and probably will change. However, it won’t be the longest if measured in nautical miles. That honor goes to Air Austral’s Saint-Denis (Réunion) to Chennai, a distance of 2,494nm, the vast majority of which is over water.

JetBlue's A220s
On randomly chosen September 13th, 2022, JetBlue expects 52 A220 movements. Only Boston to Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Nashville will have two flights each way. Photo: Adam Moreira via Flickr.

Things are different if October 2021 is looked at. airBaltic’s links from Riga to Dubai and Tenerife South have marginally longer block times than Boston-San Jose, although only Tenerife is longer by distance. However, neither airBaltic route is bookable next September.

What do you make of JetBlue’s plans for its A220s? Let us know in the comments.

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Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule

Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has revealed its flight schedule for 2022. The flag carrier plans to fly direct…

Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule

Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has revealed its flight schedule for 2022. The flag carrier plans to fly direct routes to 10 destinations across Europe, including three domestic services and three to Spain for next summer. Let’s find out more about the airline’s plans from Vagar.

Atlantic Airways operates a fleet of three all-Airbus narrowbody aircraft. Photo: Airbus

Back on the map

According to Aviation24, Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has announced its plans for the following year. The carrier flies out of Vagar, the capital of the self-governing Danish territory, serving the island located between Iceland and Denmark. After a tough pandemic year, the airline is making a comeback next year.

Atlantic Airways plans to fly to 10 destinations across much of western Europe. This includes three domestic destinations of Copenhagen, Aalborg, and Billund on a frequent basis. Neighboring Iceland will see twice-weekly (thrice from Easter onwards) from Vagar to Keflavik. However, long-haul flights are still off the map.

Atlantic Airways A319-100
Atlantic uses its A319s and A320neos for European services and helicopters for internal flights. Photo: Curimedia via Wikimedia Commons

Further out, Atlantic will serve Edinburgh from 7th April to 22nd December on a twice-weekly basis to provide flights to the UK. Neighboring France will also see direct flights to Paris from May to October. The first route in this schedule will be flights from Vagar to Gran Canaria, which run from 2nd November 2021 to next February.

Summer calling

In anticipation of a busy summer next year, Atlantic Airways is planning flights to sunny Mallorca and Barcelona from 7th June to 27th September, the peak period. Both flights will run once weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively.

The carrier is also launching a brand-new route from Vagar to Oslo, flying every Wednesday through 2022, with an extra Sunday service from Easter to 16th October. With year-round traffic between the countries, Atlantic is hoping to see strong demand on the route and looking to challenge the new entrant.

Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule
The airline is flying an impressive schedule given its three aircraft. Photo: Gordon Leggett / Wikimedia Commons

Overall, Atlantic is hoping that travel restrictions will be eased next year and travel will return to some normality. While this is impossible to predict during the pandemic, things are looking up for the industry in general, with 2021 showing a strong recovery.

Risks

However, it’s not all smooth riding for Atlantic Airways, and schedules don’t mean flights will actually operate. In July, Atlantic was forced to pull its new Edinburgh route just three weeks after launch due to rising COVID cases in the UK. With cases still high in parts of Europe, there is a serious risk of next summer being impacted by COVID once again.

For now, Denmark, and by extension the Faroe Islands, are now welcoming EU and vaccinated travelers back without any restrictions. If the situation remains the same over the next year as well, the airline could be looking at a major recovery. However, with the pandemic constantly throwing curveballs at the industry, nothing is certain, and schedules might be over-optimistic.

What do you think about Atlantic Airways’ plans for next year? Let us know in the comments!

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