With service set to launch in June JetBlue still has plenty of time to refine the details on its new A220-300 cabin service. But the carrier opened up the aircraft the first time this week, showing off the interior so passengers can get an idea for what the travel experience will be like.
PaxEx.Aero was first to report the 140 seat layout inside nearly 2 years ago. This is now confirmed by the company. The cabin includes 30 Even More Space seats at 35″ pitch, four rows at the front of the aircraft and two at the over wing exits. The other 110 seats feature 32″ pitch.
JetBlue chose the Collins Aerospace Meridian seats and, while there is now a middle seat in the 3-2 layout on board, the seats are the widest in the fleet at 18.6″.
Upgraded IFE on the JetBlue A220
JetBlue will continue to offer in-seat entertainment at every seat. The Thales AVANT system on board features 10.1″ 1080p HD screens to screen 30 channels of live television plus hundreds of hours of on-demand content. The live TV includes DVR-like pause and rewind functionality for each passenger as well. The total channel selection is reduced from the older aircraft because the company transitioned to IP TV streams rather than a second satellite antenna on board pulling the DirecTV content straight from the satellite.
The IFE also includes picture-in-picture functionality and personal handheld device pairing to use as a remote or a gaming controller.
Each seat also includes three power ports. Attached to the screen is a USB-A port while beneath the seat passengers can access a 110V port or a 15 Watt USB-C outlet.
An “enhanced, 3D flight map” is also part of the new offering.
FlyFi Flies on the JetBlue A220
The JetBlue A220 will also include the latest version of the FlyFi in-flight wifi solution from Viasat. The newest Viasat hardware offers satellite connectivity nearly everywhere in the JetBlue network and that will only improve when the first ViaSat-3 satellite launches and enters service in the coming year or so.
While the AVANT system was installed as part of the seating work at the Airbus factory in Mobile the Viasat system is not available as a line-fit option for the A220. As a result the plane was delivered without the kit on board. Getting it installed, including the associated STC certification from the FAA, is understood to be part of the timing delay in getting the aircraft into commercial service.
Where with the JetBlue A220 fly first?
JetBlue will press the A220 into service officially on the Boston-Fort Lauderdale route later this Spring. A firm date is not yet known but the carrier expects that to happen no later than late June. JetBlue also expects that the plane could substitute in for other routes on an ad hoc basis for crew familiarization.
PaxEx.Aero understands that while pilots are receiving dedicated training on the type flight attendants will not. The A220 will be added to their certification during annual recurrent training throughout the coming year. Given the limited number of aircraft and the timing of entry into service this should not pose any issues for the carrier.
Beyond the initial route the company is coy about where the A220 might operate. The aircraft has the range for transcon routes and can efficiently operate shorter hops as well. It can even potentially serve Europe, though that would likely require a Mint cabin up front, something that previously tipped as a possibility.
Chris Sloan/TheAirchive.net also contributed to this story, including all of the interior photos.
More about the JetBlue A220’s evolution to operation:
- JetBlue takes delivery of first A220
- JetBlue’s first A220 emerges with a new tail design
- JetBlue selects Thales AVANT for A220 IFE
- JetBlue picks Viasat for A220 WiFi service
- JetBlue pushes TATL further away, teases “Junior Mint” cabin
- JetBlue plans 140 seats, Boston base for A220 launch
- JetBlue Grows Up with A220 order: Big shoes (and planes) to fill
- JetBlue takes the A220, refreshing its smaller aircraft fleet
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