As a Brit and also a huge fan of JetBlue I can see them eventually operating to Europe and the United Kingdom in particular but I can assure they will never be flying to the likes of LHR its definitely out of their league regardless of their margins, money in the bank or large profits, you obviously don't know much about Heathrow Airport or the transatlantic market.
If and when JetBlue do announce transatlantic flying the London airport of choice will more than likely be LGW or STN but I would hedge my bets on Stansted considering their will be no competition and slots will be A LOT easier to come across especially as LGW slots will be near on impossible by then.
All this fanciful talk about JetBlue at LHR is ridiculous regardless of what's been said by the management or any others, most airlines executives use LHR as a benchmark for London but that's from major legacy carriers not the likes of a low cost carrier such as JetBlue. The legacy carriers such as AA, BA, DL, US will soon retaliate and game lost for JetBlue after spending absolutely millions on LHR slots before they've even made a profit out of them, it could seriously affect the finances of the airline, a HUGE risk indeed and one the airline would never indulge in especially when their are other alternative London airports, as in LGW or STN.
For their first foray into transatlantic routes and London in particular LHR just doesn't make sense for loads of reasons some of which other members have picked up on.
I see It's only your second post and your calling someone a 'JetBlue hater', you have to be more mature and grown up to accept other people's opinions!
Nothing is "out of Jetblue's league." US carriers aren't broke like Euro carriers. After year over year of billions in profits 75m is a pittance for them. "second tier" airlines like Allegiant could pay cash for an A380 tomorrow and fly it anywhere in the world.
London is overpriced and overhyped, but it's far from "out of your league" for a major US carrier.
London is overpriced and overhyped, but it's far from 'out of your league' for a major US airline
[/quote]I wasn't suggesting London was 'out of your league' for a major US airline I was saying that London Heathrow Airport was out of league for JetBlue and it is absolutely and I'm being realistic, it doesn't mean that I personally don't want to see JetBlue at LHR but it will never happen. To make a viable operation at LHR work JetBlue would have to spend a substantial amount of money and we're talking absolute millions of dollars here to acummilate enough slots to go up against the likes of AA, BA, DL, VS, UA who between them operate multiple flights a day using mostly wide bodies to numerous cities throughout the USA, they won't sit back and allow the likes of JetBlue to succeed on their lucrative transatlantic business from LHR.
Look at how BA are trying to combat Norwegian at LGW by opening up FLL and OAK!
By the time that JetBlue do finally announce flights to the UK LHR will be totally full and any early morning to mid morning slots will be totally gone to those established carriers wanting to expand not allowing the likes of JetBlue to get their hands on them.
if JetBlue flew from LGW the likes of BA and Norwegian will give them a beating that's for sure, considering that they fly with wide bodies how could a A321LR compete in that market.
It doesn't matter how cash rich JetBlue are but buying unessecary slots at LHR for ridiculous amounts of money with no guaranteed return on those assets up against competition from other well established airlines it could severely affect the airline in a big way financially and would not be worth the risk when there are other alternative London airports better suited to the airline, as in LGW and STN.
The only real airport of choice for JetBlue if and when they do start operating from London would be London Stansted Airport, it has the capacity to accommodate JetBlue who would have no competition on any transatlantic routes, it would be able to have the appropriate slots, it has a large modern terminal, it's Ryanair's largest base with a possibility of a link up for connections, JetBlue would never be able to see those benefits at LHR and it would take the airline a decade or so to reap the rewards from any expensive LHR slots.
JetBlue and London Heathrow Airport, NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.
JetBlue and London, YES IT WILL HAPPEN, eventually but just not from London Heathrow Airport.[/quote]
Who ever said, and why you so sure that transatlantic with jetblue will be with A321's only?
Have you done the research before blasting empty drivel!http://travelupdate.boardingarea.com/je ... airplanes/https://skift.com/2016/09/19/jetblue-th ... r-flights/
I bet it will be widebodies to major markets to Europe i.e. London/Paris/Amsterdam/Rome etc and A321LR to smaller markets from the northeast, i.e. BDL/pit-SNN/Lgw. And deeper to carribean/South America from Florida, etc.
As far as Norwegian giving jetblue "a beating", yes there will be a so called '"beating" but I doubt it will on the end of jetblue. Jetblue has double the size of all of Norwegians fleet, mostly owned aircraft, robust strong North American/carribean/upper s. America network, much stronger cash flow and awash in liquidity compared to Norwegians balance sheet which is its fleet is virtually all leveraged. I think Norwegian will be the one taking quite a shalacking when jetblue gets wide bodies. Jetblue has a extremely competeant and astute management, and robin hayes has brought in a slew of his ilk from his days at British airways so they are well experienced on how to operate long haul oceanic. That's what he and his team have cut their teeth on at BA. They are more gearing up for a competition with the big guys over Norwegian or wow air. No one thought they would be able to take on the big US 3 with a premium cabin on trans con, now the US 3 are all scrambling to catch up with the lie flat product across the US to try to compete with jetblue, except for as/vx which basically doesn't even want to try to jump in that knowing how well jetblue has made quite the product to contend with.
Jetblue has one thing in it's history that's always stayed the same, they succeeded in every way where everyone else said it wouldn't. Don't fool yourself, they will shake up transatlantic. They always expand their beloved customer base everywhere they expand, even Europeans who know the brand from transfer flights via codeshare.