After a Successful Caribbean Launch, JetBlue Schedules Year-Round Mint Service to Barbados
JetBlue announced it is expanding its highly successful Mint service between New York and Barbados less than one month after launching the premium service to the Caribbean. Initially launched as seasonal service, the airline will now offer weekly flights year-round. The move comes following positive customer response to the flights which began operating on November 7, 2015.
“We announced seasonal Mint service to the Caribbean earlier this year with the goal of providing travelers with a new and unique premium travel choice to two of our most popular leisure destinations,” said Dave Clark, VP network planning at JetBlue. “The response from JetBlue customers has exceeded expectations on our Barbados route and we are thrilled to expand our Mint service to year-round for customers of this top destination.”
With the addition of Mint flying during the summer season, JetBlue will now be providing three roundtrip frequencies between New York and Barbados on Saturdays during the 2016 peak summer period of June 18 through September 3.
JetBlue first launched Mint in 2014 on transcontinental routes and is now the only U.S. airline to operate regular service with lie-flat seating to Barbados and Aruba. 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 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 are also treated to a new welcome drink featuring rum and island flavors. Southbound flights offer the acclaimed Mint menu created by New York-based Saxon + Parole.
Favorite Mint features include a specialty cocktail, a tapas-style menu by New York City restaurant Saxon + Parole, fresh coffee from the first purposely-built cappuccino machine for a U.S. airline, amenity kits by Birchbox, and dessert from Blue Marble and Mah-ze-Dahr Bakery. Mint aircraft include private suites, the longest fully-flat bed in the U.S. domestic market and a 15-inch flat screen with complimentary entertainment options.
The A321 Experience
JetBlue offers Mint on its new Airbus 321 aircraft, which features a completely redesigned onboard experience throughout the entire cabin.
The A321 core experience leads other airlines’ offerings as well. Features of the A321 core interior include 10-inch television screens offering free entertainment, comfortable seats with the most legroom in coach and power outlets accessible to all customers. JetBlue’s popular marketplace, a self-serve station full of snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience, is also available throughout the flight. And all A321 aircraft offer JetBlue’s free Fly-Fi high-speed broadband Internet service when flying over the continental U.S., access to JetBlue’s Hub content on personal devices and first-run Hollywood movies.