Posted on: 04 May 2018 by Alexander Preston
In the first major overhaul of its original fleet since launching in 2000, JetBlue has formally unveiled its first Airbus A320 to undergo the airline’s fleet restyling, which is bringing an all-new interior to its A320 aircraft.
“JetBlue’s A320 restyling is about making the best even better,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president commercial and planning, JetBlue. “JetBlue has built its innovative reputation on offering our customers the very best products and a level of service they won’t find on another US airline and this update ensures we remain the go-to choice for flyers who expect nothing but the best.”
A major focus of the restyling is keeping customers connected throughout their flight, including a new inflight entertainment system, high-definition seatback televisions, in-seat power outlets with USB ports and continued free gate-to-gate Fly-Fi high-speed internet.
The restyling will include two iterations of the design, with the 2018 model introducing features from the popular A321 interior and the 2019 and beyond model featuring an innovative seat design and new in-flight entertainment system.
For roughly the next nine months, JetBlue’s A320s will be restyled with the Rockwell Collins Pinnacle seat and LiveTV 4 entertainment options currently on the airline’s A321 aircraft.
In early 2019, JetBlue will transition to the restyling featuring the Rockwell Collins Meridian seat, customised for the airline’s needs and Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 products, which will offer a 10.1 inch, 1080P high definition screen at every seat, an 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, NFC paining turning personal handheld devices into remotes or gaming controllers, and an expanded Fly-Fi connectivity, providing coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network.
New LED lighting will enhance the look and tone of the in-cabin ambiance and allow for a variety of lighting settings to increase customer comfort. New sidewalls and overhead bins will also be installed, as well as a variety of newly incorporated design elements throughout that will capture JetBlue’s unique style and personality.
JetBlue expects to complete approximately a dozen A320 restyles by the end of 2018, with the ability to complete multiple aircraft each month by 2019. JetBlue’s so-called A320 classics will be restyled first. JetBlue’s overall A320 restyling is set to take approximately three years.