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20 May 2021

JetBlue enters the Atlantic

The latest airline to offer London to New York flights is also the Greenest yet.

JetBlue, the New York JFK based airline is launching flights to London Heathrow later this summer. This represents the first new entry to this market for a long time. As we covered in April, cross Atlantic flights have changed dramatically over the last year or so. Norwegian have completely stopped flying long-haul and every other airline has drastically reduced their schedules.

JetBlue will initially be offering one return flight from Heathrow to JFK. Another flight will be added soon afterwards from Gatwick to JFK. They made this nice graphic to illustrate their product offering:

The key difference from a carbon-footprint point of view is the aircraft type. JetBlue will be flying this route with the very latest iteration of the Airbus A321LR (Long Range). This is the NEO model and it emits the least amount of CO2 for this particular route per passenger. Below we compare it to Virgin's A350 on the exact same route. JetBlue is even pointing out that the use of the LR model will help the airline achieve net zero carbon emission by 2040. This is a start.

Carbon Comparison

LHR London Heathrow Airport
5585km
JFK John F. Kennedy International Airport
  1. JETBLUEAirbus A321 neo~896 kg CO2

  2. Virgin AtlanticAirbus A350-1000~1544 kg CO2