I was thrilled to experience JetBlue’s Mint Suite on a long haul itinerary last week. This was doubly significant because it was the carrier’s first-ever London-Boston service.
JetBlue’s suite was excellent: I’ve flown on several business class airlines for work and, despite the lack of lounge access, this one was among the best. This is the case even if it was on a narrow body. He was helped by an exceptional crew, a beautiful interior, lots of privacy and an incredibly good WiFi connection. However, the massive immigration queue in Boston – obviously beyond JetBlue’s control – reduced the overall experience.
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As befits a new route, there was a big party in the boarding area at London Gatwick, with balloons, cakes, management presentations and a ribbon cutting. It was almost a celebratory mood, setting the stage for JetBlue’s first long-haul service to Boston. Flight details:
- Itinerary: London Gatwick to Boston
- flight number: B61926
- Date: Friday, August 5, 2022
- Plane: A321LR, registered N4022J
- Deceased: 12:52 p.m. (scheduled time: 12:25 p.m.)
- Come: 2:50 p.m. (scheduled time: 3:13 p.m.)
- Duration: 6h 57m
- Headquarters: 3A (business class Suite Mint)
Mint: a summary
JetBlue uses high-end, low-capacity A321LRs to Europe. These have only 138 seats, compared to 160 on its non-LR A321neo equipped with Mint.
It has 24 Mint seats: two studios, occupying the first row with enough room for two people seated, and 22 suites, with a door, occupying the next 11 rows. Then there are 24 Even More Space seats (I flew in this cabin on the way home) and only 90 seats in Core.
There is no denying it. JetBlue doesn’t have the best business seat in the world, and it doesn’t claim to have it. After all, these are herringbone and aisle-facing seats. However, they are in an ever-desirable 1-1 configuration to suit the aircraft’s narrow body, and I found no issues facing the aisle. In fact, it was nice to have the widow close to my left shoulder, as the light filtered through.
Its suites are surprisingly spacious, with an elegant, classic design and great colors. I loved the privacy, with a door and big “walls” which made it even cozier. I didn’t use the double bed as it was a day flight.
Despite multiple nooks and crannies, storage was a little limited in the suite area but fine for a seven hour sector. Although the TV was large, neither the live TV nor the map worked which seemed peculiar to this particular flight. I had no problems on the way back.
I loved the WiFi, or Fly-Fi, which worked flawlessly and at high speed. This meant I could easily write and upload photos for work.
After drinks and snacks, the in-flight meal service consisted of two rounds. The first arrived about 70 minutes after takeoff, and there were three to five different times to choose from. I had prawn diavolo, roast chicken and lamb curry pie (not a Cornish pie), all of which were excellent. Even the chicken breast was moist; not something you would expect on an airplane.
I had vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce for the pudding which was absurdly good. I asked for a second helping, to which a flight attendant said, “We have plenty; how many do you want?”
The next round came two hours before landing. I could choose two of the three options. I chose the pea soup and chilled sandwiches, which came with Cornish cream tea – which had the same brands of cream and jam that I use at home. Even the tea (Tea Pigs) was excellent and tasty for an in-flight environment, as was the hot cappuccino I had.
The Mint team included Daniel, Jackson and Bill. In all my travels, I have never seen such a smiling team that really loved their role. Their warmth was a key part of the overall excellent experience.
Have you flown on a JetBlue Mint long-haul flight? If so, share your experience in the comments.