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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 3 March 2021

JetBlue reveals new all-suite Mint cabins for flights to London: every seat has aisle access

Private suites, the largest lie-flat beds in the US and meals designed by a New York restaurant await travellers flying to the UK with the low-cost airline

JetBlue has revealed its new Mint experience, set to arrive with the airline's inaugural transatlantic flights later this year.

A smaller version of the redesigned business-class cabin will also debut on select New York to Los Angeles routes in June, with fares for the six-hour journey starting from $529.

Travellers flying in JetBlue's new Mint cabins won't need to decide between a window or aisle seat, because every chair offers access to both.

The 24-suite cabin has been designed specifically for the airline's Airbus A321LR narrow-body jets. Each seat gives travellers their own space, with a window view and direct aisle access, as well as sliding doors for privacy. It's a clever design that looks set to be popular at a time when passengers are likely to be wary of getting too close to others on flights.

Each suite has a fully lie-flat seat that comes with a blanket, memory foam pillow and a snooze kit containing an eye-mask, foam earplugs and a toothbrush.

There's a 17-inch flat-screen television, noise-cancelling headphones and several charging points, as well as storage space for shoes, laptops and more.

Fast, free Wi-Fi and customisable lighting make it easy for business travellers to work, no matter the time of day.

The cabin has also been fitted with larger overhead bins for luggage storage.

Front-row access

For any travellers seeking a more exclusive flying experience, the front-row Mint Studio has the largest bed on any airline in the US, as well as the biggest television, measuring in at 22 inches.

Travellers booking these studios will also have an extra seat and a table that can be used for workspace or dining, plus a storage cupboard with an illuminated vanity mirror.

Each "apartMint" – as the airline is calling these seats towards the nose of the jet – is spread along the length of two window spaces.

SoHo-style dining and barista coffee

Barista-style coffee and meals from hip New York restaurant Charlie Bird are served on JetBlue's new Mint experience. Courtesy JetBlue
Barista-style coffee and meals from hip New York restaurant Charlie Bird will be served on JetBlue's new Mint experience. Courtesy JetBlue

All Mint flyers will be served JetBlue's upgraded dining menu. The airline has partnered with the Delicious Hospitality Group, the team behind popular SoHo restaurant Charlie Bird.

Menus change depending on flight times and destinations, but each route gives passengers a choice of five small plates, which can selected by circling their choice on the menu. There's also a bar list that works the same way, designed to reduce interaction between crew and passengers. A curated Spotify playlist from Charlie Bird restaurant is on offer, designed to complement the in-flight dining experience. The airline is also serving a range of barista-style coffee with cold-brew and dairy-free milk options available.

The Mint experience was first introduced by JetBlue in 2014. This is the first time it has been entirely redesigned.

“Mint was an idea to make premium travel across the US less stuffy and more affordable, and its performance has exceeded even our most optimistic expectations of going beyond New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer at JetBlue.

Updated: February 2, 2021 12:50 PM


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