JetBlue Airways plans to offer its Mint experience from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Barbados and Aruba, two of its most popular Caribbean routes.
The new seasonal services begin in November.
Since launching on transcontinental routes in June 2014, Mint has quickly become recognised for its private suites, the widest seat and longest fully-flat bed in the US domestic market, tapas-style dining, custom amenity kits and 15-inch flat screen televisions with free entertainment.
With Mint service to the Caribbean, JetBlue will become the only US carrier to operate regularly scheduled service with lie-flat seating to the region.
“Ever since we launched Mint, customers have been asking us where we will take it next,” said Marty St George, executive vice president commercial and planning, JetBlue.
“We re-invented transcontinental flying with Mint, and we anticipate demand for an enhanced product will be equally strong for these Caribbean destinations.”
JetBlue’s Mint experience to the islands will add a Caribbean twist to some customer favourites, including the tapas-style menu curated by New York City restaurant Saxon+Parole, organic desserts by Blue Marble Ice Cream, a sweet treat from Mah-ze-Dahr Bakery, and customized amenity kits from Birchbox.
“With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, Barbados has become one of the premium vacation destinations in the Caribbean,” said Petra Roach, US director, Barbados Tourism Marketing.
“With JetBlue’s addition of Mint, that premium vacation experience will start the moment travellers step onto the plane.
“We couldn’t be more excited.”
Between November 7th, 2015 and April 30th, 2016, JetBlue will operate one roundtrip on Saturdays to each Caribbean location.