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Jetblue to Introduce Lie Flat Seats and Suites on Transcontinental Flights in 2014

by Lux Joseph 23. August 2013
When transporting patients around the world, we are continuously awaiting to see new routings, products, and classes of services provided by the airlines and their partners. Each and every patient has separate criteria for transport and depending on the needs of the patient we need to align the best routing available. We transport our patients in a business class/first class seats, but even when you look at premium classes of service there are different products. Some of these products and enhancements that we are particularly interested in include lie flat seating, angled lie flat, plane seating configuration, and direct routing availability. We are pleased to find out that JetBlue will be introducing lie flat seating in 2014 on their transcontinental flight on some of their most popular routings.
 
Currently some airlines that offer this product include Delta, American, and United. However, we are hoping that JetBlue entering into this market will introduce lower fares and more availability for this premium product. There are many patients that need to be transferred within the United States via air ambulance. However, many of these patients could be a candidate for a commercial stretcher service. Unfortunately no domestic airlines currently offer stretcher service, but these newly added premium products can offer an alternative for a patient who needs to lie flat during transport. To qualify for this the patient has to be able to sit up for takeoff and landing, but they will be able to remain in a stretcher position (lie flat) for the duration of the long haul flight across the United States. When our operations department is working with our travel department to secure the best routing for a patient availability of this product is currently limited and sells out very quickly. With Jetblue introducing this in the second quarter of 2014 we are looking forward to being able to provide additional options for our clients.
 
Jetblue is recognized across the travel industry as low cost American carrier. Other lost cost carriers include Southwest and Air Tran. What sets Jet Blue apart from the other lost cost carriers and the big players in the airline market are that it continues to conquer in areas of efficiency, customer satisfaction, and innovation. Many may view JetBlue as a carrier that is late to introducing this product, but when Jetblue delivers a product they make sure their product is top quality. Jetblue buys only new planes which tend to need less maintenance. This new product will be on the new Airbus A321. We can anticipate it starting with their nonstop routing from New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco. Jetblue will also be the one and only airline to offer individualized suites within their premium class of service. Jetblue states the configuration will be:
“The new lie-flat seat, created in a partnership with Northern Ireland-based Thompson Aero Seating, will be displayed in a unique 2-1 configuration. Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2-by-2 seating, and rows 2 and 4 will offer private suites, with one seat on each side of the aisle.”
 
 
CME is looking forward to the additional service that JetBlue will be offering to travelers in 2014. This will increase the options for medical escorts. A patient traveling from overseas connecting through New York will be able to continue onto LAX or SFO with the same lie flat service and potentially at a lower fare than the competitors are currently offering.
 

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