U.S. low-cost carrier JetBlue has returned to service its first Airbus A320 aircraft with a refurbished interior.
The aircraft and other A320s undergoing a cabin refit this year are taking many of the features from JetBlue’s newer A321 aircraft, including a Rockwell Collins Pinnacle seat and LiveTV 4 entertainment.
From 2019 the airline will refurbish its A320s with Rockwell Collins Meridian seats, which are 18 inches wide and feature adjustable headrests, power points and a Thales Avant inflight entertainment system.
JetBlue says the new features are “true to its founding mission to bring humanity back to air travel,” although passengers might disagree when they learn the redesign also means 12 additional seats per A320.
Other elements of the restyling will include new LED lighting options, new sidewalls and overhead bins, and inflight connectivity.
“JetBlue’s decision to upgrade to state-of-the-art wireless connectivity and IFE will truly be a highlight to their customers,” said Jeff Knittel, president and CEO of Airbus Americas.
The work is set to take about three years, with 12 A320s set for a refit this year and about four per month from 2019.
JetBlue’s cabin modifications will be performed in conjunction with Airbus, which has just opened a new logistics facility for cabin components at its headquarters in Toulouse.
The 36,000-sq.-meter Airlog II is designed to centralize logistics for A350, A330 and A320 aircraft, which until now had their cabin parts delivered from several sites.
The facility is the next step in Airbus’s logistics strategy on Airlog I, a 48,000-sq.-meter facility dedicated to logistics activities for structural and equipment items for all the company’s aircraft programs.