Back in March JetBlue announced that they’d be adding premium seating to their transcontinental flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles/San Francisco on their new delivery A321s. I figured they meant more “extra legroom” seats or some mildly improved seats, but then in June they announced they would be adding suites with door to the service.
The way they described it was as follows:
“The cabin proposed for the Jet Blue Airlines A321 (U.S. operator) is a two class layout, with 16 business class seats and 143 economy class seats (159 passengers),” says Airbus.
“The Business Class includes 4 single seats that are ‘mini-suites’ types. These mini-suites consist in a seat with surrounding furniture’s, intending to provide privacy to the occupants. Typically, the complete closure of the single mini-suites is possible by means of a sliding element, moving parallel to the aircraft longitudinal axis.”
And on the eve of the Global Business Travel Association conference in San Diego JetBlue has released a video that may just be a mock up of their new A321 cabin:
Here are a few screenshots:
My first reaction is “damn, is this JetBlue?” My second reaction is “damn, are they really doing angled flat seats when American, Delta, and United, have all announced plans to go fully flat in the market?”
The above video also finally explains how the suites with doors work. So it basically looks like rows one, three, and five will have the “standard” business class seats, while rows two and four will have doors. I’m rather curious how they plan to market and sell them differently, given that it’s not a separate cabin. Will they just charge an additional fee to assign those seats like “Even More Space” seats in coach, or will they literally sell a cabin within a cabin?
What do you guys think of the product?
Update: Apparently the seats will be fully flat, but JetBlue is just really, really bad at making videos and getting the single most important detail right.