I have always thought that both Aer Lingus and jetBlue would benefit if they each re-painted one of their aircraft (A320) in the livery of the other and operated them on a high profile route.
- Aer Lingus paints one of their A320's in jetBlue's livery and operates the aircraft on the DUB-LHR route
- jetBlue paints an A320 in the Aer Lingus livery and operates it on their JFK-BOS/ORD route.
- With EI serving both ORD and BOS they would be obvious choices to build their brand
- DUB-LHR/UK domestic would benefit jetBlue brand recognition within the UK
Interiors would remain the same and it would of course remain registered, operated and crewed as normal.
I know that many will say that you cannot guarantee that one specific aircraft will operate only one route and that it would interefere with fleet management but with 20+ EI operations per day to LHR and 10 B6 operations to BOS surely the majority of sectors could be to key cities.
I cannot be the only one who would love to see an Aer Lingus A320 taxiing around JFK and how cool would it be see jetBlue in LHR?