JetBlue has inaugurated flights between New York City and Guayana with an Airbus A321neo. The newest international route in its network, this launch precedes what will be a significant expansion for the airline.
JetBlue touches down in Guyana
Today, JetBlue launched flights between its hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Georgetown, Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO). The route currently operates four times per week using an Airbus A321neo.
Andrea Lusso, Vice President of Network Planning at JetBlue, stated the following:
“JetBlue’s arrival in Guyana introduces our low fares and award-winning service to another new market in the Caribbean and Latin America where customers have long faced high prices and little competition. We remain committed to this important region of our network and continue to connect more travelers with the people and places they want to see.”
JetBlue is targeting the route, which connects Guyana to the largest Guyanese-American community in the United States, which is in New York, as a big visiting friends and relatives route.
#TeamJFK got it done today – Georgetown, Guyana is our latest BlueCity and one that many of our Crewmembers love! Exciting to launch to this wonderful destination today. Much thanks to the entire JetBlue family to make this happen! #jetblue #jfk #guyana @HelloJetBlue pic.twitter.com/qjhbmKj1VZ
— Chris Steele (@cc_steele) December 11, 2020
JetBlue faces some competition on the route. Alongside it, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, and Eastern Airlines all fly nonstop between New York and Guyana.
JetBlue’s Airbus A321neo
JetBlue is flying an Airbus A321neo on the route, which seats 200 passengers. The carrier has chosen the Collins Meridian seat for the aircraft. The airline also offers 10.1 inch, 1080P high definition seatback screens with on-demand entertainment.
On this route, which can clock in at over five hours, JetBlue is only offering economy class and some seats with extra legroom. However, passengers will not get to experience the airline’s Mint product.
Do note, however, that in some cases, JetBlue is flying an Airbus A320, which routes via San Juan, Puerto Rico, (SJU) to Georgetown (GEO), which can take the overall travel time to near eight hours.
Will JetBlue launch more routes to South America?
Across the Caribbean and Latin America, JetBlue flies to nearly 40 destinations. In South America, this includes destinations in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. Deeper in South America, however, becomes a little problematic for JetBlue.
Until it gets more new aircraft, such as the Airbus A321LR or A321XLR, it will not have the aircraft it needs to fly deeper into South America. That, however, might not be a problem anymore for JetBlue.
JetBlue previously did not have ideal partnerships for reaching South America. However, with a partnership extending from the Northeastern US with American Airlines, the carrier has access to some new markets.
In South America, American Airlines flies to Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo nonstop from JFK. So, JetBlue can offer flights to these destinations via a connection in JFK without needing to acquire its own metal to launch those flights.
If JetBlue wanted to, the Airbus A321LR and A321XLR could help it expand into South America out of Fort Lauderdale. However, it appears for now that JetBlue is more interested in using those aircraft on transatlantic routes, with London being the first on the airline’s list.
Are you glad to see JetBlue land in Guyana? Where else would you like to see JetBlue fly? Let us know in the comments!