JetBlue will delay its expected launch of London service to
beyond 2021. The carrier still intends to compete in the transatlantic market.
Though it hadn’t set specific dates, JetBlue had planned to
begin flying to London from Boston and New York in 2021. The carrier has also
said it plans to fly to continental Europe starting in 2023.
Speaking during JetBlue’s first-quarter earnings call last
week, CEO Robin Hayes said the Covid-19 crisis will push the launch back.
“The market will recover at some point,” Hayes said. “And I
think that the need for us to enter that market and bring more competition is
still as relevant in the future as it was in the past.”
The carrier indicated it would sell business-class tickets
well below the prices charged by major alliance carriers.
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