JetBlue expected to announce direct Boston-London flights


JetBlue’s long-awaited plans for nonstop passenger service from Boston’s Logan Airport to London seem about to be announced.

The airline’s new Airbus A321 Long Range jet will make a rare appearance in Boston on Tuesday, when the airline plans to announce details of the launch of its new service between Boston and the UK, WCVB reported.

The airline’s highly anticipated London-Boston route was originally scheduled to launch in 2021.

The new low-cost routes, which will take off from Boston and New York, will be served by the Airbus A321LR single-aisle aircraft.

JetBlue recently acquired the access needed to serve both London airports. JetBlue holds 116 air traffic slots allocated to the Boston-Gatwick service, enough for 58 return flights. Heathrow’s allocation is 310 slots, The points guy reported.

The Boston-London service was to be the first transatlantic route offered by the airline, a plan that has been thwarted by the pandemic. Tuesday’s announcement will come about nine months after the airline launched its first flights across the pond from New York’s JFK airport last August.

Already operating transcontinental flights between Boston and London are: American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and United.

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