JetBlue has launched its second transatlantic destination from London. The airline will fly to Boston daily from late summer 2022.
Like JetBlue’s existing route from London to New York JFK, this will be served daily from both Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
Flights from Gatwick launch 20 July 2022. Heathrow follows on 23 August 2022.
The prospects for this route are strong. Boston is major hub for JetBlue. It offers connections to a wide range of destinations in the US and Caribbean.
To give JetBlue credit, many attempts by established airlines to move from short haul to long haul flights, particularly with a small sub-fleet of aircraft, have either failed or experienced significant teething problems. JetBlue has so far managed to avoid this and its in flight service has been well received.
Flights are on sale now at JetBlue for travel into 2023.
A quick word on flight timings.
JetBlue’s flight from Heathrow leaves at 08:25 in the morning. This does allow for a substantial day ahead in Boston. Some may find this a bit challenging when the jet lag starts to kick in later in the day.
Similarly, JetBlue’s flight from Boston arrives at Heathrow in the early wave of inbound transatlantic flights at 06:30.
Flight B61621 Depart London Heathrow 08:25 – Arrive Boston 11:13
Flight B61620 Depart Boston 18:32 – Arrive London Heathrow 06:30
At Gatwick, flights leave for Boston early in the afternoon. The inbound flight also arrives early in the morning.
Flight B61926 Depart London Gatwick 12:15 – Arrive Boston 15:02
Flight B62104 Depart Boston 18:37 – Arrive London Gatwick 06:35
JetBlue flies from Heathrow Terminal 2 and the North Terminal at Gatwick. At Boston Logan, JetBlue international flights depart from Terminal C and arrive at Terminal E.
JetBlue’s Airbus A321 Long Range Aircraft
JetBlue’s flights to Boston will be operated with Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft.
JetBlue plans to add 3 of these aircraft this year. These aircraft feature JetBlue’s “Mint” business class cabin, with 24 “Mint Suites” and two larger “Mint Studios” at the front of the aircraft.
The economy cabin “core” features 117 seats in a 3 – 3 configuration with a 32″ seat pitch and 18.4″ seat width. There are also four rows of extra leg room seats at the front of the cabin.
The London – Boston Route
The London – Boston route is becoming crowded.
United Airlines has recently launched Heathrow – Boston, using remedy slots from BA.
If history is anything to go by, we may see a further competitive response from legacy carriers at Gatwick.
JetBlue has signalled an ambition to build a substantial schedule from London. Frequency increases on existing routes are expected, as well as a possible route to Fort Lauderdale.
In the longer term, JetBlue’s continued presence at Heathrow is dependent on JetBlue securing slots. JetBlue appears to have secured a slot from Qatar Airways to operate this service. JetBlue has also confirmed it will continue to serve New York JFK from Heathrow beyond the end of the summer 2022 season.