First impressions: JetBlue A321neo Mint Business Class to London


Can’t say I’m surprised, but I had a great flight on JetBlue from New York to London in Mint (business class) on the brand new Airbus 321neo. While not a game changer, I found the JetBlue product to be superb in almost every way.

JetBlue A321neo Mint Business Class to London – My first impressions

In 2021, JetBlue launched service to London Heathrow. It has since also expanded to London Gatwick, offering daily flights from New York JFK. I missed early fare sales and pushed off JetBlue’s trial, but was happy to do so this week en route to Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

Let me start where JetBlue can improve: the product on the ground is really lacking. A lounge at JFK seems quite appropriate, although I enjoyed the T5 Rooftop Lounge open to all.

I loved the mood lighting on board and found the cabin extremely attractive (gray leather seats, woodgrain, white doors).

A flight attendant, beaming with pride, told me the cabin was partly Etihad-inspired. I certainly saw the similarities in the ceiling light.

I’m not a big fan of chevron seats in general (because I like to look out the window while flying), but I found the seat to be extremely comfortable and roomy in lie-flat mode. The cabin was hot during the night, but the individual air nozzle helped me cool down and fall asleep. The bedding from Tuft & Needle was also excellent.

Storage is limited in the suite and the wireless charger did not work.

The service was superb, with excellent care from Ashely and Dustin in the cabin. Both were friendly, attentive and absolutely delightful to interact with.

I loved the fast high-speed Wi-Fi and the ease of one-click connection (no login or entering TrueBlue credentials required like on other planes).

The meal service was a highlight, with a trio of canapés to start:

Followed by a scrumptious salad, kale lasagna and flat iron steak, all very tasty. The steak was somehow well done and JetBlue continues to show that you can enjoy some truly delicious food on an American carrier.

Dessert was another treat, with vanilla ice cream topped with warm roasted apricots as well as a delicious cheese plate.

That would have been enough for the whole seven hour flight, but a full breakfast is offered before landing (for those who want it, and I appeared to be one of the only passengers in the cabin to go). get up to eat).

A poached egg, bacon, yoghurt, a delicious cappuccino and even a cold-pressed green drink? Simply fabulous. I had to pinch myself to remember it was a plane as I sipped my coffee…definitely a highlight.

I prefer Heathrow to Gatwick, but I preferred the timing of the Gatwick flight. Upon arrival around 8:00 a.m., the immigration lines were empty.

CONCLUSION

JetBlue did not disappoint, with a very solid transatlantic experience. I stop short of saying “game changer” because Virgin Atlantic and British Airways’ new Club Suites are also very competitively priced with excellent catering, but JetBlue is very special and I can’t wait to fly it again.

My full review will contain much more information about the extensive food and drink menu, IFE selection, and other onboard amenities.


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