JetBlue Takes Delivery of First Airbus A220-300 Aircraft

JetBlue took delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The aircraft — tail N3008J — was scheduled to arrive at JetBlue’s home at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from Airbus’s U.S. production facility in Mobile, AL. It is the first of 70 A220 aircraft JetBlue has on order, which will be phased in to ultimately replace JetBlue’s existing fleet of 60 Embraer 190 aircraft.

“The A220 is a next-generation aircraft our customers and crewmembers will love, featuring impressive range and superior economics to support critical financial and operating priorities along with new network planning flexibility,” Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, said. “And as we evolve our fleet for the future, the A220’s significant reduction in per-seat emissions supports our ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality for all our domestic flights, and moves us closer to achieving our pledge of net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2040.”

The A220 has a nearly 30% lower direct operating cost per seat than the current E190, according to JetBlue. Lower seat costs come from both fuel and non-fuel savings. The A220 fleet also will help to further reset JetBlue’s maintenance costs. The airline anticipates the A220 fleet will have a maintenance cost per seat that is more than 40% lower than the E190 fleet. According to JetBlue, the A220 aircraft has a range of up to 3,350 nautical miles and a 40% lower fuel burn per seat than JetBlue’s E190 aircraft. The A220 is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

“JetBlue has revolutionized air travel and we at Airbus are proud that our 20-year relationship has played a role in the airline’s many successes,” C. Jeffrey Knittel, chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, said. “This first A220-300 delivery creates new route possibilities for JetBlue and raises their passenger experience to even higher standards.”

According to JetBlue, earlier this year, it became the first major U.S. airline to achieve carbon neutrality for all domestic flights. JetBlue later announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2040.

“This delivery marks another big milestone for JetBlue and Pratt & Whitney,” Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer and senior vice president at Pratt & Whitney, said. “We are honored that JetBlue has operated Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft since the very beginning and that JetBlue has selected GTF-powered aircraft for the airline’s next-generation fleets. We look forward to supporting JetBlue’s expansion and their commitment to sustainable aviation.”

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