JetBlue are a new breed of budget airline operating domestic and some limited international routes in the United States of America. Rather than concentrating on having the cheapest airline tickets available, they seek to add value to their offerings in several ways. Company members often travel on flights and hand out tickets to selected travelers during flights and all JetBlue planes have leather covered seats, while their planes offer the best leg room figures and on-board entertainment systems in their sector. To facilitate this, the airline boasts an impressive fleet of modern aircraft. We take a closer look at the airliner types at their disposal.
JetBlue Aircraft Fleet
The Jet Blue Airways fleet boasts a comparatively low average age of six years per aircraft. In order to keep operating, maintenance and training costs to a minimum, JetBlue operate just two types of aircraft, the European built Airbus A320 and the smaller Brazilian built Embraer 190.
The Airbus A320 was the widest fuselage of any competitive single single isle aircraft, so allowing JetBlue an advantage over their domestic competitors in terms of interior space, many of which use the Boeing 737 series of aircraft. They currently have 120 Airbus A320-200 aircraft, each with 150 seats set out in a three-by-three format. The JetBlue website claims that they receive delivery of a new A320 every few weeks, with total number of the type set to reach 202 by 2012.
The airline currently has 45 Embraer 190 aircraft, each with 100 seats in a two-by-two layout format. They also have a further 55 Embraer 190's on order, to be delivered at a rate of 18 aircraft per year over the next few years.
JetBlue Aircraft Naming
It is company tradition to name each new plane incorporated into their fleet, with almost every plane being christened with a name containing the word Blue. Examples of these are tail number N519JB “It had to be Blue”, tail number N524JB “Blue Belle” and tail number N536JB “Blue Jay”. The majority of the JetBlue aircraft names are suggested by company employees, with those whose suggestion is used typically winning a trip to the Airbus Factory in Toulouse, France to take delivery of the plane in question and to fly back home on the plane bearing their name .
JetBlue Airways Tail Designs
Most of the fleet shares one of seven tail fin designs. These are called Dots, Bubbles, Harlequin, Mosaic, Stripes, Plaid and Window Pane. The only aircraft not to display one of the seven standard tail designs is number N655JB which is named “Blue 100”. This has a unique tail design due to it being the 100th Airbus A320 delivered to the company. The name was also decided by JetBlue management, marking it out as the only plane not to be named by an employee.
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