For years legacy airlines have sought after the passengers traveling in premium cabins on the transcontinental routes between New York’s JFK to both San Francisco and Los Angeles. It was only within the past two years that JetBlue stepped into the arena with the likes of the legacy carriers looking for a piece of these premium market passengers by adding their own competing service on these routes. They bought new larger Airbus A321 aircraft and equipped them new fully flat seats that could convert into a full bed and added full first class amenities to attract business travelers.
JetBlue has announced it will be stepping up its competition in Boston, it will be adding the same award winning Mint service between Boston and San Francisco in March of next year, then expanding the Mint service between Boston and Los Angeles in the fall of 2016. Over the past two years JetBlue has added almost 40 code share partners, mainly international. Among these are some of the largest airlines which have a heavy focus on premium passengers, most notably, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar and Singapore airlines; all of which have won awards for their premium cabin offerings. The adding of Mint service to Boston makes perfect sense as a number of these airlines recently added Boston to their route map.
Delta Airlines has previously offered passengers traveling from Boston to west coast markets their International Business Elite service, but this was discontinued after the events of September 11th, 2001.
This new announcement by JetBlue is in addition to the recent notification that with United Airlines exiting the JFK-West Coast routes to focus on their Newark hub, JetBlue would be adding additional flights between both JFK to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
With this increase of service JetBlue will now have over 100 flights a day. JetBlue also plans to announce the resumption of service to Nashville, Tennessee however service to Nashville will operate to both Boston and Ft. Lauderdale instead of it’s previous operation to New York JFK.