Posted on: 21 March 2019 by Alexander Preston
JetBlue has unveiled its newest cabin experience for the A320, which are being updated for the first time since 2000.
The latest aircraft, named “If You Can Read This, You’re Blue Close,” re-joins JetBlue’s fleet and is the first to receive this all-new 2019 design. Roughly a third of JetBlue’s A320 aircraft scheduled for restyling completion by the end of the year.
“JetBlue rocked the airline industry in 2000 with seatback television and all leather seats. In our first makeover since, this incredible new onboard experience represents what the founders would have done if they were launching JetBlue today,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, JetBlue. “The new experience brings together technology, entertainment, and comfort with the great service JetBlue customers love so much.”
Throughout 2019, JetBlue will outfit its A320 aircraft with the Collins Meridian seat. Design elements include an expanded seat width of more than 18 inches, the widest available for the A320; most legroom in coach of any US airline; enhanced cushion comfort; adjustable headrests, a new feature for JetBlue’s A320; ontoured seatback design at knee level creating additional living space for every customer; redesigned seatback stowage options, including an innovative elastic grid to accommodate a variety of customer items; and at least two easy-to-reach power connections at every seat.
“We are proud to partner with JetBlue on its A320 restyling project by supplying our Meridian Seat,” said Cynthia A. Muklevicz, vice president, account management, Interiors for Collins Aerospace. “Meridian offers passengers industry-leading comfort and living space through an intense focus on ergonomic design supported by optimisation of the underlying seat structure.”
Also in 2019, JetBlue will offer customers aboard its restyled A320s expanded IFEC options.
This includes 10.1 inch, 1080P high definition Thales AVANT screens at every seat offering more than 100 channels of live television with DVR-like pause and rewind functionality; expanded collection of on demand movies, TV shows and video content, plus new gaming features; destination-specific content allowing customers to enhance their travel experience; picture-in-picture function; enhanced, 3D flight map offering multiple ways to track time to destination and personal handheld device pairing capabilities for use as a remote or gaming controller.
Expanded Fly-Fi connectivity from Viasat provides coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network.
The first phase of JetBlue’s A320 interior cabin restyle began in spring 2018 and modernised the airline’s so-called “classic interiors” with products that matched those found on the airline’s newer A321 aircraft – features such as more modern seats and larger seatback TVs. More than a dozen A320 aircraft have been restyled with these products so far and several more are scheduled for completion in the coming weeks. This spring the restyling will fully transition to the 2019 version of onboard products for all aircraft going forward.