JetBlue Expands Transatlantic Footprint with Inaugural Flight to Amsterdam
In a significant expansion of its transatlantic network, JetBlue Airways has introduced daily nonstop services between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). The inaugural flight marked the airline's third venture into the transatlantic market, following the successful launch of services to London in August 2021 and Paris in June of the same year.
The new route, which commenced on August 29, 2023, for eastbound flights and August 30 for westbound journeys, is facilitated by JetBlue’s Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft. The state-of-the-art airplane accommodates passengers with 24 redesigned Mint Suite® seats and 114 core seats, all housed within the spacious Airspace cabin interior. The aircraft's design, which combines the range of a wide-body with the economics of a single-aisle plane, aims to disrupt the market by offering JetBlue’s award-winning service and competitive fares on the U.S.-Amsterdam route.
To celebrate the launch, JetBlue offered limited roundtrip fares starting at $499 for core seats and $2,199 for the premium Mint experience for U.S.-originating travelers. Netherlands-based passengers could avail of introductory roundtrip fares starting at €399 for core and €1,599 for Mint seats.
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes emphasized that the airline’s transatlantic services have historically brought down fares and benefited customers in markets previously dominated by high fares from legacy carriers. Hayes expressed eagerness to introduce both business and leisure travelers to JetBlue’s Mint and core services on the Amsterdam route.
Ruud Sondag, president and CEO of Royal Schiphol Group, welcomed JetBlue’s contribution to Schiphol’s network, highlighting the airline’s commitment to noise reduction and sustainability through the deployment of the new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft.
The airline has not only extended its footprint but also brought its customer-focused, low-fare travel model to Amsterdam, offering a fresh choice for transatlantic travelers. The Mint premium experience, reimagined for transatlantic flying, features 24 fully lie-flat private suites, including two Mint Studio® seats, and a custom-designed seat cushion developed in collaboration with mattress company Tuft & Needle.
JetBlue’s core experience, reinvented for transatlantic flights, promises a boutique-style experience with 114 core seats, including 24 Even More® Space Seats. The service is enhanced by a partnership with New York-based restaurant group Dig, bringing a signature build-your-own dining concept to the skies.Advertising
In line with its commitment to sustainability, JetBlue has aligned its goals with the Paris Agreement, aiming to halve aircraft emissions per seat by 2035, based on 2019 levels. The airline is also fostering the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market, sourcing additional SAF for the inaugural flight from Schiphol, supplied by AirBP.
With its entrance into Amsterdam, JetBlue has introduced a new era of customer-focused, low-fare travel for both leisure and business travelers, staying true to its dedication to the communities it serves through industry-leading climate commitments and innovative service offerings.
For more details on JetBlue’s service to and from Europe, visit JetBlue's official website.