JetBlue Airways Corp.’s premium service, which includes lie-flat seats and customized menus, has proven popular enough with New York fliers that the airline will offer it on some Boston routes next year.
The Mint cabin will be added to select flights connecting Boston to Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as to Barbados on a seasonal basis, the airline said Tuesday. The Massachusetts capital is JetBlue’s second-biggest market after the airline’s base in New York.
JetBlue ended its tenure as a coach class-only airline when it began offering Mint in June 2014 to retain passengers who were looking for more amenities on coast-to-coast flights. Demand for the service between New York and Los Angeles, and later New York and San Francisco, exceeded the airline’s expectations, Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes has said without providing specific details.
The Mint cabin includes 16 lie-flat seats, including four “private suites” with a closable partition, 15-inch flat seatback video screens, power outlets and USB ports and customized menus. JetBlue operates 11 Airbus Group SE A321 aircraft with the Mint cabin now and will receive five new planes in 2016, said Dave Clark, the airline’s vice president of network planning.
“Mint’s been extremely successful in New York,” Clark said in an interview. “We are really pleased to be able to expand to Boston as early as we are.”
The Boston-San Francisco Mint service is scheduled to begin in March, with Los Angeles added in about October 2016.
The airline said last week it will increase the number of daily Mint flights to as many as 10 between New York’s John F. Kennedy airport and Los Angeles from eight now by February, and up to six between JFK and San Francisco from five now. It will add Mint on a seasonal basis between New York and Barbados and Aruba starting in November, the carrier said in March.
JetBlue also will increase daily flights from Boston to an average of 118 in January from 111, including service to Nashville starting from about the second quarter of 2016. Flights also will be added between Nashville and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This article was written by Mary Schlangenstein from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.