JetBlue receives its first Airbus A321neo

JetBlue's first Airbus A321neo prior to delivery. Photo: © Leonard Leinroth / IFN

New York-based carrier JetBlue Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo on Saturday.

The brand new aircraft is registered as N2002J and was delivered from Airbus’ production plant at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport in Germany.

JetBlue has a total of 85 Airbus A321neo (new engine option) airplanes on order, including the long range A321LR, as well as 13 of the A321XLR, which was launched by Airbus at last week’s Paris Air Show 2019 and can fly an even longer distance than the LR. Both long range types are based on the regular A321neo.

Earlier this year, JetBlue announced plans to start non-stop flights from New York and Boston to London, using the long range variants of the A321neo. More routes are likely to follow. The A321XLR would even allow the carrier to fly non-stop from its southern focus cities, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, to Europe.

JetBlue’s current fleet consists of 130 Airbus A320 and more than 60 regular A321, along with 60 Embraer E190 regional jets, that will soon be replaced by the newer Airbus A220-300, of which the airline has 70 on order, with options for 50 more.