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JetBlue launches routes to Paris next summer

Travelers looking for cheap flights to Europe received a dose of good news on Thursday: JetBlue announced the launch of new routes from the East Coast to Paris in the summer of 2023.

The airline plans to launch flights to Paris first from its New York base, flying nonstop from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Later, JetBlue also plans to add nonstop flights from Boston Logan International Airport to Charles de Gaulle.

With the opening of Parisian flights, JetBlue will mark its second transatlantic destination. In 2021, it introduced highly anticipated routes to London, also from New York and Boston. The market for flights between the United States and France is the second largest in the world, according to a statement from the airline, and France is on track to welcome 75 million tourists by the end of 2022.

The new flights are sure to be a boon for travelers looking for deals on the East Coast, where there have traditionally been few affordable route options to Paris. “JetBlue offers something completely unique to what you get from the major global airlines on these routes, where a single high-fare joint venture operates nearly three-quarters of the flights,” JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said in a statement. on Thursday. “The response to our service in London is proof that combining great service with low rates works.” Although prices have yet to be released, fares on the airline’s route from New York to London typically start at around $599 return for regular economy class.

In addition to low fares, JetBlue’s signature in-flight benefits will be available on the route, using long-haul Airbus A321 aircraft to operate its flights to Paris. The planes will be equipped with JetBlue’s revamped “Core” class, a 114-seat economy cabin that offers the airline’s signature perks, such as free in-flight Wi-Fi and free live TV, power outlets at every seat (AC and USB-C), – large overhead bins, spacious 18.4-inch-wide seats, and a new DIY catering service where travelers can customize their meal from the screen from their seat, mixing and matching their appetizers and side dishes as they see fit.

Of course, travelers looking for a more upscale experience can book into JetBlue’s Mint Business Class cabin, which features 24 individual suites with fully closing doors, reclining seats with a foam mattress pad and bedding from Tuft & Needle, and offering hand-crafted cocktails and tapas-style appetizers from New York’s Delicious Hospitality Group, the restaurateurs behind popular Manhattan restaurants like Charlie Bird and Legacy Records. Two of the suites are Mint Studios – mega suites with extra-large beds and enough space for passengers to dine with a guest during meal service.

The airline, which is the sixth-largest carrier in the United States, says the Paris routes are part of a broader strategy to increase its relevance in the northeastern United States, as well as a plan to serve the popular routes that its customers request most frequently. Tickets for the new Parisian flights will go on sale in the coming months.