JetBlue has revised its start date for service to Guyana. The airline will be flying from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Georgetown’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) from December 11th using an Airbus A321neo.
From December 11th, JetBlue will operate nonstop flights up to four times a week from JFK to GEO using an Airbus A321neo. The flight will leave JFK at 15:40 local time and arrive in Guyana at 22:13 local time. The plane will spend a little over an hour and a half on the ground before taking off at 23:59 local time and land in New York at 05:00 the next day.
The outbound flight leaving New York is blocked at five hours and 57 minutes. The return flight is blocked at six hours and one minute. This will be one of the longer routes in JetBlue’s network out of New York.
Andrea Lusso, Vice President of Route Planning at JetBlue, stated the following:
“JetBlue is a leading airline in Latin America and the Caribbean and we remain committed to expanding our route map to Guyana as demand returns and border restrictions ease across the region. Guyana service introduces a diverse and underserved destination to the JetBlue route map, and a very important one for New York City. Our nonstop service will benefit a variety of travelers – especially those visiting friends and relatives – and provide our industry-leading experience to travelers this holiday season.”
New York is home to a significant Guyanese-American community, so much of the route will be targeted to origin and destination passengers categorized under visiting family and relatives (VFR) travelers.
Previously, JetBlue had targeted flights to Guyana from April 2020. The plan always was to use an Airbus A321neo on the route, one of the JetBlue fleet’s newest members.
A route with competition
Along with JetBlue, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, and Eastern Airlines fly between New York and Guyana. American and Caribbean use Boeing 737s while Eastern Airlines uses a Boeing 767 on the route.
American Airlines and JetBlue announced a new partnership out of the Northeastern United States back in July. The partnership will include codeshares and loyalty benefits for passengers. Whether this causes American Airlines to pull out of the market in favor of JetBlue’s route since American already flies to Georgetown out of Miami remains to be seen.
JetBlue will have access to a connecting network to help make the route work. Still, most of this route will be origin & destination demand, and the route might be getting saturated with three carriers already operating the route.
JetBlue’s Airbus A321neo
JetBlue continues to take deliveries of Airbus A321neos. These planes have room for 200 passengers onboard. However, the jets do not have the airline’s premium business class Mint product onboard. All seats are standard economy seats, but there are seven rows of extra-legroom economy onboard.
All seats feature on-demand seatback television, USB ports, and power outlets. Passengers can access on-demand shows and, where available free live television. The planes also offer WiFi onboard. However, there may be some spots with no service– especially as the flight gets closer to Guyana.
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