JetBlue reveals new ‘Hops’ tail fin design on Alabama-built Airbus A220
JetBlue this week revealed its latest aircraft tail design – “Hops” – which will be featured on the airline’s newest aircraft, the Airbus A220-300.
The first A220 aircraft for JetBlue rolled out of the paint shop at Airbus’s Mobile manufacturing site Monday morning. Travelers will spot the new design in 2021 after the first aircraft is delivered this December.
“Hops” represents an evolution in the JetBlue design experience with a slightly more multidimensional look than previous tail fins. The playful pattern, created by JetBlue’s in-house designers, echoes a sense of continuation and offers a nod to the idea of connecting many short trips together as part of a larger journey, commonly referred to in travel as a hopping – whether city to city or island to island.
The A220 cabin design – with JetBlue’s legroom and free FlyFi broadband internet in the sky – will include wider seats, spacious overhead bins and extra-large windows with a better view from the sky and on the ground.
JetBlue officials said the A220 seating capacity will add flexibility to the airline’s network strategy as it targets growth in focus cities, including options to schedule transcontinental flying. The aircraft’s favorable economics open the door to new markets and routes that would have been unprofitable with JetBlue’s existing fleet.
JetBlue has ordered 70 A220 aircraft, which will be phased in as replacements for JetBlue’s fleet of 60 Embraer E190 aircraft.
(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)