Last year, I wrote about JetBlue’s intentions to fly to London in 2021 when they will be able to make the flight on their new A321LR.
At the time I noted that they would try to get slots to fly to London Heathrow, but may have to settle for Gatwick.
Flying into London Heathrow is slot controlled and peak slots can cost nearly as much as it costs to buy control of El Al.
SAS sold 2 slot pairs to American for $75MM and Air France/KLM sold a pair of slots for $75M as well. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Air New Zealand sold off its off-peak Heathrow slot for $27MM.
Based on those figures, it seemed like a long shot that a low cost carrier like JetBlue would pick up Heathrow slots, but UK Aviation News is reporting that JetBlue has indeed picked up slots for flights from both Boston and JFK to London Heathrow! Perhaps they got a COVID-19 bargain?
Either way, that’s amazing news for US travelers, who will soon be able to fly on a low cost carrier into London’s premier airport for the first time. JetBlue offers speedy free internet, business class fares that are more reasonable than the competition, and one-way fare pricing that should change how the competition prices flights to London.
The flights are expected to launch in late 2021. Here’s hoping for some intro fare bargains, perhaps I’ll get over my terrible luck on flights to London?
I’d assume that flights to Amsterdam and Paris would be a natural fit for JetBlue after launching London service. If the flights are successful, perhaps JetBlue will become a global carrier in the future!
Will you fly JetBlue to Europe?