JetBlue announced it will add premium, lie-flat seats on some of its transcontinental flights starting next year. This is a huge shift in the low-cost carrier's original concept, which currently offers a one-class cabin for all flyers.
According to a release from the New York-based airline, Jetblue's new lie-flat seats are expected to take flight on the new Airbus A321 aircraft beginning in the second quarter of 2014 on the two routes: New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco. Here's what you can expect if you want to pay for the premium cabin:
- Lie-flat seats with the option to purchase a separate, single suite seat that includes a closable door for increased privacy
- The new seats offer air cushions with adjustable firmness, a massage function, a 15-inch widescreen TV and the option for "wake-me-for-service"
- Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2-by-2 seating, and rows 2 and 4 will offer private suites
JetBlue says it plans to also refresh its economy seats with movable headrests, a new entertainment system with up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming, and 110-volt and USB power ports. JetBlue will also begin installing Fly-Fi by the end of the year, the airlines' own WiFi service.
The airline didn't say how much the seats would cost but it said they would keep to their "low-cost airline" promise and be less expensive than its competitors, which can cost travelers thousands of dollars for first and business class seats.
Read the full Jetblue press release.
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