According to the carrier, the connection between Europe and the USA calls for more competition. American airline JetBlue will increase competition on the route between the US East Coast and Europe. After years between New York and London and previously announced lines to Paris, this year they will also start services between Amsterdam and New York and Boston. The announcement came just days after a Dutch court rejected government plans to restrict traffic at Schiphol Airport. The flights are supposed to start in “late summer”, pending approval by the next authorities. “These are routes that have long been crying out for more competition,” said JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes. Between Amsterdam and the east coast of the USA, the carriers from the SkyTeam alliance, i.e. KLM and Delta, dominate. “Carriers on transatlantic routes have locked passengers into a system of very high prices and mediocre service. We want to change that,” Hayes added. The carrier will deploy an Airbus A321 LR on the route with a significantly lower capacity than is usual for A321neo aircraft. The LR version has an extended range of up to 7,408 kilometers, making it possible to connect Europe with the American East Coast without a stopover. The plane can accommodate 141 passengers, 24 seats are in business class called Mint. JetBlue is another carrier trying to break into the transatlantic narrowbody market. JetBlue flies to more than a hundred destinations throughout the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United Kingdom. It is currently the sixth largest air carrier in the US. Tags AMS-BOS AMS-JFK Amsterdam JetBlue transatlantic flights 19 commentssource
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