JetBlue plans Paris flights next summer in trans-Atlantic expansion

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A JetBlue Airways Corp. Airbus A321 plane sits at a gate outside of Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Jetblue Airways Corp. is scheduled to release earnings figures on July 25. Photographer: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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JetBlue Airways plans to launch flights from New York to Paris next summer, a trans-Atlantic expansion it contends will bring down prices on routes dominated by large carriers.

Tickets will go on sale “in the coming months” for flights between its hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, JetBlue said Wednesday. It plans to add flights from Boston to Paris later.

JetBlue began flights to London from New York in summer 2021, more than two years after it first announced its plans. The carrier later added service from its Boston hub. JetBlue had said it would announce a second destination across the Atlantic Ocean this year.

“JetBlue is offering something completely unique to what you get from the big global legacy airlines on these routes,” CEO Robin Hayes said in a company announcement, referring to large carriers like Delta Air Lines, its partner Air France, and others like United Airlines and American Airlines, which is also in an alliance with JetBlue in the Northeast U.S.

Those airlines account for about 88% of the seats between New York-area airports and Paris’ airports from June to August 2023, according to consulting firm ICF.

JetBlue plans to use Airbus A321LR planes on the routes, a long-range version of the narrow-body jetliners.

The New York-based airline also has a deal to acquire Spirit Airlines, which regulators haven’t yet approved.

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