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JetBlue announces new launch date for Guyana service

American carrier JetBlue seems to have cleared the speedbumps that prevented it from launching a new service to Guyana.

After several months of preparing to get the service off the ground, the airline will finally get its day on December 11 when flight no. 1965 takes off from the John F Kennedy Airport in New York, USA, and land at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana (File photo)

“JeBlue…remain[s] committed to expanding our route map to Guyana as demand returns and border restrictions ease across the regions,” Andrea Lusso, vice-president of route planning, said.

“Guyana service introduces a diverse and underserves destination to the JetBlue route map, and a very important one for New York City. Our non-stop service will benefit a variety of travellers — especially those visiting friends and relatives — and provide our industry-leading experience to travellers this holiday season,” he continued.

Vice-president of route planning — JetBlue Andrea Lusso (Photo: Routes Online)

Comfort and convenience

Already, JetBlue has kick-started the sale of tickets for the service, which will initially operate four times per week with its new Airbus A321 neo aircraft.

With a Collins Meridian seating arrangement, the airline promises its passengers a comfortable flight with the added conveniences of power connections, adequate legroom and adjustable headrests, inflight entertainment, and Internet connectivity.

The interior of JetBlue A321 aircraft. (Photo: DPI Guyana)

Just a five-hour trip from New York, Cheddi Jagan International Airport serves as the main gateway into Guyana, which will become the fourth country in South America to benefit from the services of JetBlue. The route also brings JetBlue closer to 40 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

A long time coming

At first, the carrier announced the launch of the new route for September last year; however, due to delay in delivery of the aircraft and then the global spread for the coronavirus, JetBlue ceased the sale of tickets to Guyana. Thereafter, it announced the launch of the service for Thursday, April 21, but again the pandemic impacted.

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