BY February 1, 2021
JetBlue has unveiled its redesigned Mint business-class cabin, and every seat is a completely private suite with doors that close.
The new JetBlue Mint cabin with 24 suites will roll out later this year on the airline's much-anticipated flights to London from New York and Boston, which are set to launch this summer. A smaller version with 16 suites will also be added on select routes between New York and Los Angeles later in 2021.
This is the first-ever redesign of the budget airline's premium cabin, which launched in 2014 and has been beloved by fliers ever since for its spacious seats, collaborations with trendy restaurants and cosmetic brands, and—most of all—its lower fares compared to business-class tickets on legacy carriers.
Of the JetBlue Mint cabin's 24 suites, two are extra-large Mint Studio suites that can accommodate two passengers at cruising altitude. (The new products are an extension of the four suites that were already available in current JetBlue Mint cabins.) In addition to the fully closing doors, each redesigned Mint suite has lie-flat seats that are made with supportive memory foam from Tuft & Needle and upholstered in buttery soft vegan leather, as well as a 17-inch entertainment screen that pivots and tilts for an optimal viewing angle.
Each suite has homey touches like sconces with mood lighting, adjustable reading lights, and even a do-not-disturb light that makes the space feel like your own hotel room. There's plenty of storage, too, including a mesh shoe cubby, space to stow a bag or personal item, and even a laptop drawer. Among the other passenger-friendly features are a wireless charging station, two AC/USB outlets, and a phone holder.
Design-minded fliers won't be disappointed, as JetBlue has added finishes like wood-accented tray tables, faux concrete lampshades, and gray flannel dividers for added warmth and texture.
As the name suggests, the two extra-large Mint Studios were designed to evoke a studio apartment. The Mint Studio offers the most space—22.7 square feet—in a premium experience from any U.S. airline, according to JetBlue.
In addition to the lie-flat bed, the Studio has a guest seat and tray table that can accommodate another Mint passenger while at cruising altitude. When in lie-flat mode, the two seats merge to make one ultra large business-class bed measuring 45 inches across at its widest point, the largest (by surface area) of any U.S. carrier, according to the airline. The Studios, which will be in the cabin's first row, also have a massive 22-inch entertainment screen and vanity area with mirror.
“Mint was an idea to make premium travel across the U.S. less stuffy and more affordable," Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue's president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "We put our heart into this redesign of Mint and were inspired by our original vision of offering customers an exceptional experience at a lower fare—which is what JetBlue is all about.”
Last December, JetBlue refreshed the meals, drinks, and amenities available in Mint. Those new services will also be available in the revamped cabin, including over-the-ear headphones from Master & Dynamic, sleep kits from Tuft & Needle, wellness kits from Wanderfuel, and food and beverage from Delicious Hospitality Group—founders of iconic New York restaurants like Charlie Bird, Legacy Records, and Pasquale Jones.
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