JetBlue reveals plans for A320 interiors revamp

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JetBlue, the sixth-largest airline in the USA, has unveiled all-new aircraft interiors, which will be installed across its fleet of 130 Airbus A320s over the next three years. The first restyled aircraft – aptly named Bravo Lima Uniform Echo (BLUE) – marks the first major overhaul of the airline’s original A320 fleet since the New York-based carrier launched in 2000, with a major focus of the project involving an upgrade of the seating and IFEC systems.

There will be two phases for the restyling project, with aircraft upgraded during 2018 – which JetBlue refers to as ‘A320 classics’ – being fitted with features from the airline’s A321 interiors including Pinnacle seats from Rockwell Collins, and LiveTV 4 entertainment options – but not the Mint product (SEE HERE). The Pinnacle seats will be fitted with in-seat power, adjustable headrests, and custom stowages including a water bottle holder.

JetBlue's 2018 cabin upgrades for its ‘A320 classics’ include the installation of Pinnacle aircraft seats from Rockwell Collins

JetBlue’s 2018 cabin upgrades for its ‘A320 classics’ include the installation of Pinnacle aircraft seats from Rockwell Collins

The A320s upgraded during 2019 onwards will transition to the Meridian seat from Rockwell Collins and Thales Avant and ViaSat-2 IFEC products.

JetBlue A320 cabin upgrades include new aircraft seating and inflight entertainment (IFE)

Following the 2018 and 2019 projects, over the next three years every aircraft in the A320 fleet will benefit from new LED lighting systems to enhance cabin ambience and allow for a variety of lighting settings. New carpets, sidewalls and overhead bins will also be installed, as well as a variety of new cabin branding elements, including redesigned front partitions

The customized Meridian

In 2019, JetBlue will outfit its A320 aircraft with the popular Rockwell Collins Meridian seat, a model used by several airlines, including fellow US airline United in its B737 MAX 9 fleet.

To make Meridian its own, JetBlue has undertaken a customization program with a view to enhancing brand alignment and comfort. A prime aspect is expanding seat width to 18.4in according to the airline, making it the widest available for the A320, and another key claim of it having ‘the most legroom in coach of any US airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for US airlines), with 1in more legroom than the current seat

Further custom features include enhanced cushion comfort, adjustable headrests, a contoured seatback at knee level for additional living space, redesigned seatback stowage options, including an elastic grid to contain items, and at least two power connections at every seat.

JetBlue's version of the Rockwell Collins Meridian seat

Note the custom stowages and conveniently placed power outlets on JetBlue’s version of the Rockwell Collins Meridian seat

Better entertainment

The seats installed in 2019 onwards will also feature new 10.1in Thales Avant 1080P high-definition seatback IFE displays (up from today’s 5.6in), more than 100 channels of live television (up from 36), an expanded collection of on-demand content, plus new gaming features. The system software will also be boosted with destination-specific content, closed captioning, a picture-in-picture function, and an enhanced 3D flight map.

The 2019 upgrades will also include a move to ViaSat-2 connectivity, providing coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network, and an NFC pairing function that enables personal handheld devices to function as remote controls or gaming controllers.

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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