JetBlue Airways recently announced plans to increase its charter services to Cuba with A320 aircraft.
The announcement is of a single charter flight added to JetBlue’s established service but it signals the airlines intent to capitalize on opportunities in the Caribbean market, including the recent warming of relations between Cuba and the United States.
JetBlue’s flights to Cuba are operated on the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft, with 150 leather seats offering more legroom than competitors’ economy class, and 42 of which are configured as "Even More" seats giving passengers an extra four inches of space at the knees.
This new JetBlue charter flight is the first expansion in charter services by a major U.S. airline since restrictions on travel to Cuba were eased in January. Established by an agreement with ABC Charters the service commences on June 5, and will operate on Fridays from Tampa Bay to Havana.
JetBlue and its partner ABC Charters operate weekly flights from Tampa to Havana on Tuesdays and from Tampa to Santa Clara on Wednesdays. JetBlue also operates flights between Fort Lauderdale and Havana through Xael Charters on Fridays. The airline states it is evaluating opportunities for additional charter flights.