Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and JetBlue Airways have announced plans to offer the carrier’s highly successful Mint experience from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Barbados, one of the top Caribbean routes for the airline.
Travellers from the Eastern region of the United States now have a premium travel option at an affordable fare with Mint beginning on November 7, giving jetsetters a new reason to head to the sun-drenched island.
Between November 7 and April 30, 2016, JetBlue will operate one roundtrip on Saturdays to Bridgetown, Barbados. And between December 19 and January 4, 2016, the airline will operate one roundtrip flight daily for the busy holiday travel season.
“This is an amazing win for the island of Barbados,” said Petra Roach, BTMI director, US. “Barbados has a long history with luxury airline offerings. We were the only leisure destination to host Concorde service from London for many years and now to be the first home of JetBlue’s Mint service outside of the US is a reflection of the strength of our burgeoning partnership, and JetBlue’s continued support of Barbados as a destination.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this new way to fly with JetBlue where the customers’ premium vacation experience starts the moment they step onto the plane.”
Since launching on transcontinental routes in June, 2014, Mint has quickly become recognized for its whole new take on flying, which includes private suites, the widest seat and longest fully-flat bed in the United States domestic market, tapas-style dining, custom amenity kits and 15-inch flat screen televisions with free entertainment. With Mint service to the Caribbean, JetBlue will become the only American carrier to operate regularly scheduled service with lie-flat seating to the region.
“Ever since we launched Mint, customers have been asking us where we will take it next,” said Marty St George, executive vice-president, commercial and planning, JetBlue. “We reinvented transcontinental flying with Mint, and we anticipate demand for an enhanced product will be equally strong for these Caribbean destinations.”