JetBlue Begins Flying Mint to Barbados and Introduces Seasonal Service from Boston

One year after disrupting transcontinental flying with its refreshing take on premium travel, JetBlue has launched its acclaimed Mint experience to Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and introduced seasonal weekly service from Boston’s Logan International Airport as of Saturday, November 7. Along with Aruba, Barbados marks the first new Mint destination since it launched in June 2014.

JetBlue is operating weekly roundtrip Mint flights on Saturdays through April 30, 2016, from New York JFK to Barbados, one of the airline's most popular Caribbean routes. Between December 19, 2015 and January 4, 2016, Mint flights we be offered daily.

JetBlue is operating weekly roundtrip Mint flights on Saturdays through April 30, 2016, from New York JFK to Barbados, one of the airline’s most popular Caribbean routes. Between December 19, 2015 and January 4, 2016, Mint flights we be offered daily.

JetBlue is also operating weekly roundtrip flights on Saturdays from Boston through April 30, 2016 with its Airbus A320 aircraft, providing Barbadians access to a second JetBlue Focus City, where JetBlue offers nearly 125 daily non-stop flights 56 destinations across the U.S. and Caribbean. Weekly Mint service between Boston and Barbados launches March 2016.

Passengers which included Dr. Donna Hunte-Cox, Consul General of Barbados at New York, and Petra Roach, Director of the US for the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), were greeted by Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy; William Griffith, CEO of BTMI; His Excellency Dr. Larry Palmer, US Ambassador to Barbados; Eash Sundaram, JetBlue's Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer; and a host of other tourism officials.

Passengers which included Dr. Donna Hunte-Cox, Consul General of Barbados at New York, and Petra Roach, Director of the US for the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), were greeted by Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy; William Griffith, CEO of BTMI; His Excellency Dr. Larry Palmer, US Ambassador to Barbados; Eash Sundaram, JetBlue’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer; and a host of other tourism officials.

Ambassador Palmer expressed that Barbados is a country of growing progress and great potential, and stated that JetBlue’s new flight to Barbados will only strengthen the already close and productive, economic and cultural relationship between the United States and Barbados.

He also observed that the expansion of JetBlue's service is supported by the US-Barbados Open Skies Agreement signed in 2010, which promotes increased travel and trade, enhances productivity and scores high quality job opportunities and economic growth.

He also observed that the expansion of JetBlue’s service is supported by the US-Barbados Open Skies Agreement signed in 2010, which promotes increased travel and trade, enhances productivity and scores high quality job opportunities and economic growth.

“Our Open Skies Agreement does this by eliminating government involvement in the commercial decisions of airlines about routes, capacity and pricing. It frees airlines like JetBlue and others, to provide more affordable, convenient, efficient service for our consumers. And in the process, it also sparks countless new ties between our tourists, students and business professionals,” Dr. Palmer explained.

According to Minister Sealy, “Barbados is a desirable location option and JetBlue has heard our plea and we are going deeper in the northeast with this Boston flight.

"The decision to come out of Boston and Fort Lauderdale next year April, we see the expansion of the gateways that we are having out of the US. This was something that the Government deliberately went about trying to make happen. In my discussions with all of our airline partners, but certainly the team at JetBlue, we will make the point that we would like to get more business from not only the northeast, but the entire US."

“The decision to come out of Boston and Fort Lauderdale next year April, we see the expansion of the gateways that we are having out of the US. This was something that the Government deliberately went about trying to make happen. In my discussions with all of our airline partners, but certainly the team at JetBlue, we will make the point that we would like to get more business from not only the northeast, but the entire US.”

The Tourism Minister also pointed out that Barbados relied heavily on the United Kingdom for its tourism industry. “There are obvious risks involved in that, but we are not turning our back on the UK market, but it is just that we recognise that there is so much more we can do in the US.”

Sealy said the decision to launch the international Mint Service to Barbados is highly significant.

Lie-Flat to the Caribbean, Regionally Inspired Menu

With Mint, JetBlue becomes the only U.S. airline to operate regular service with lie-flat seating to the region. In addition to lie-flat seating, customers can expect the same Mint experience they love on transcontinental routes, with an added twist: Mint’s northbound menus from Aruba and Barbados will feature new regionally inspired small plates such as ginger marinated shrimp, Caribbean chicken curry and pan seared flying fish curated by a local culinary team. Mint customers on these flights will also be treated to a new welcome drink featuring rum and island flavors.

Southbound flights will offer the acclaimed Mint menu created by New York-based Saxon + Parole.

"Today marks a historic moment for the island of Barbados and our valued partner JetBlue, as we launch the Mint service to Barbados - the first ever regularly scheduled premium service featuring lie-flat seating to the Caribbean from the U.S. market. Barbados' new Mint service further establishes the island's positioning as leading luxury product, now with an incredible point of differentiation," said Petra Roach, U.S. Director BTMI. "We could not be more pleased that JetBlue has invested their belief in our island nation for this truly momentous initiative."

Today marks a historic moment for the island of Barbados and our valued partner JetBlue, as we launch the Mint service to Barbados – the first ever regularly scheduled premium service featuring lie-flat seating to the Caribbean from the U.S. market. Barbados’ new Mint service further establishes the island’s positioning as leading luxury product, now with an incredible point of differentiation,” said Petra Roach, U.S. Director BTMI. “We could not be more pleased that JetBlue has invested their belief in our island nation for this truly momentous initiative.”


Mint Continues to Wow

Mint was recognized in Fast Company's 2015 Innovation By Design Awards, which honors innovative and disruptive design that pushes boundaries and seeks to change the world.

Mint was recognized in Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation By Design Awards, which honors innovative and disruptive design that pushes boundaries and seeks to change the world.

Mint offers a completely rethought design and a more human approach to service, addressing the needs of the modern traveler. Mint features exceptional hospitality from specially trained crew-members and a thoughtful product offering.

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