MIAMI — As part of its Airbus A320 cabin restyling program, JetBlue announced that it will update its Airbus A320 family aircraft fleet with new interiors and a new fully-connected in-flight entertainment system, besides offering to its passengers gate-to-gate satellite Internet service.
Focused on Connectivity, Comfort and Space
The restyled cabin will enhance the JetBlue experience by including a greater focus on connectivity, comfort, and space. A major focus will be keeping customers connected throughout their flight, including free gate-to-gate Fly-Fi high-speed Internet, high-definition seatback screens, and in-seat power outlets with USB ports. The cabin update program marks JetBlue’s first complete redesign of the interiors on its original A320 fleet since its launch in 2000.
“Travel preferences have changed in the last 15 years, and we’re investing in what customers want today” said Jamie Perry, vice president brand and product development. “Our new cabin, combined with our award-winning customer service, is a powerful way for us to once again challenge the status quo.”
The A320 cabin will closely follow JetBlue’s A321 cabin design introduced in 2014. The retrofit will include new ergonomic B/E Aerospace Pinnacle seats, and the installation of Airbus’ Space-Flex v2 galley and lavatory models, which provides increased galley capacity while offering additional space for an additional row of economy seats. taking the total number of seats to 162 in the case of the A320s and to 200 seats in the A321s.
The additional seating comes at a cost, with the previously announced slight reduction in seat pitch on the A320s in the main economy cabin from 34″ to 33”, which is still more generous than most domestic carriers.
JetBlue and Airbus will add the new Space Flex v2 and seating configuration to all-core A321 aircraft in the second half of 2016. The A320 restyling will begin in early 2017 with completion targeted for 2019.