JetBlue says it will restore its premium class Mint service to flights between New York and Caribbean resort destinations as well as adding new premium cabin service to flights departing from Boston for Latin America. In many cases, the new award-winning premium class cabins will have all of the trappings of traditional first class travel including lie-flat seats and amenity kits and a few unique elements such as onboard baristas.
This week, JetBlue announced a significant expansion of its Mint premium cabin service. The airline says it will restore the premium class cabin to some flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Saint Martin Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). The company will also add Mint service to select flights between Logan International Airport (BOS) and Caribbean destinations including SXM and Saint Lucia Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). Additionally, the Long Island City, NY-based carrier will make premium cabin service with lie-flat seats available on new service between JFK and Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica.
The traditionally single-cabin airline debuted Mint service less than five years ago – originally as a premium class option for passengers traveling on cross-country flights. With the expansion plans made public on Wednesday, JetBlue will now offer Mint premium class service on 23 routes between 15 destinations.
“Adding Mint between these cities means travelers on these routes can finally enjoy a first-class flying experience,” JetBlue VP Marty St. George said in a statement announcing the bold expansion plans. “When Mint first launched more than four years ago, we knew we had created an unmatchable premium experience, but we could have never imagined Mint would be landing in well over a dozen destinations in such a short time.”
According to the airline, Mint is “a favorite way for celebrities, technology executives, creatives, and entrepreneurs” to fly. The airline’s premium class service was named an “Innovation By Design Award” winner by Fast Company soon after the airline launched Mint service in 2014.
Mint cabins feature onboard cappuccino machines, a tapas menu and signature cocktails crafted by New York City restaurant Saxon+Parole, designer amenity kits and local treats from the flights’ destination and origin cities. Select Mint flights also include lie-flat seats.