JetBlue’s Inaugural Flight Touches Down in Guyana
JetBlue touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Friday night on its inaugural flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
The airline’s Airbus A321neo aircraft landed at 10:03 pm with 150 passengers and was given the customary water cannon salute as it taxied to the gate.
“JetBlue’s arrival in Guyana introduces our low fares and award-winning service to another new market in the Caribbean and Latin America where customers have long faced high prices and little competition,” said Andrea Lusso, vice president network planning, JetBlue. “We remain committed to this important region of our network and continue to connect more travelers with the people and places they want to see.”
“We are pleased to welcome JetBlue to our beautiful country, Guyana,” said Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill. “We are confident that their entry into the local market will help to advance the aviation sector, especially at a time when the sector is looking to rebuild, in the midst of this global pandemic. This latest investment by JetBlue – even in the current environment – also speaks to the level of confidence the airlines has placed on our country as a lucrative destination of choice.”
The five-hour nonstop flight between New York and Guyana will initially operate up to four times weekly.
Guyana is now JetBlue’s fourth country destination in South America adding to airline’s growing presence in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The A321neo with extended range and fuel efficiency is the newest aircraft type to join JetBlue’s growing fleet of more than 250 aircraft.
JetBlue’s A321neo aircraft feature the Collins Meridian seat – which is the widest seat available for the single aisle Airbus family of aircraft – with enhanced cushion comfort, adjustable headrests, power connections at every seat and the most legroom in coach.
The launch of JetBlue’s Guyana service was initially planned for September 2019, but was adjusted in response to changes in global travel demand.