JetBlue has revealed a first look at its revamped Mint business class product which is set to debut on the carrier’s flights to London this summer. The new cabin will be featured on JetBlue’s single-aisle A321 LR aircraft configured with 24 private suites with sliding doors in a herringbone configuration.
JetBlue, which first launched the Mint product on transcontinental flights in 2014, says the revamped product is also set to debut on a selected flights between New York and Los Angeles this year, in a 16-seat configuration.
Each suite offers a customized Thompson Aer Vantage Solo seat with a 17-inch tilting IFE screen, wireless charging capabilities, an integrated phone ledge, in-seat power, and laptop, shoe and handbag storage.
Additionally, the front row of the aircraft will occupied by two Mint Studios, which offer a 22-inch tilting IFE screen, an extra side table “for added productivity,” and a guest seat which can be used by another passenger when the aircraft is at cruising altitude.
When it’s reclined, according to the airline, the bed in the Mint Studio will be “the largest lie-flat bed of any US carrier” based on total reclined bed surface area.
The new Mint seats will feature “Tuft and Needle’s proprietary T&N Adaptive foam and a breathable cover to create a cool and comfortable sleep experience unlike anything in the sky,” according to the carrier.
Sleep amenities include a convertible blanket with a built-in foot pocket, a memory foam lined pillow with a pillowcase, and a snooze kit with a matching eye mask and earplugs.
Other design features of the new business class cabin include residential textures, such as flannel-covered privacy dividers, concrete lampshades, woodgrain table patterns and soft, vegan leather-covered seats and headrests, and unique mood lighting to enhance the inflight experience, and a welcoming blue floor arc to help direct the customer boarding flow.
The carrier has not provided any addition details about the configuration of the rest of the aircraft. However the airline has said the revamped product is also set to debut on selected flights between New York and Los Angeles this year, in a 16-seat configuration.
So far there’s still no firm date for the launch of the carrier’s transatlantic flights. The plans were announced in 2019, and the carrier has reportedly secured slots at Gatwick and Stansted airports, but when pressed on this the carrier responded simply that “JetBlue has applied for multiple slots at various London airports and remains committed to launching service in 2021.”
“Mint was an idea to make premium travel across the US less stuffy and more affordable, and its performance has exceeded even our most optimistic expectations of going beyond New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer of JetBlue. “It’s remarkable how Mint’s thoughtful design has resonated with customers as we successfully grew it to more than 30 routes. We put our heart into this redesign of Mint and were inspired by our original vision of offering customers an exceptional experience at a lower fare – which is what JetBlue is all about.”