a reply to: Zaphod58
That doesn't surprise me at all. The E190 I flew a week ago was one tired looking aircraft. It was seriously as bad as the old un-wingleted 737-300s
that Southwest rolls out of reserve for high-traffic holidays, etc.
They're not old airplanes, but it kind of feels like JetBlue has given up on them.
a reply to: justwanttofly
The appeal goes even further than that.
I've been flying a JetBlue E190 route pretty much monthly (at least) for the past 2 years, and over the last 6 months to a year or so, I've been
noticing an uptick in the number of passengers on a given flight.
Back in 2014, it wasn't at all unusual to have the last 5-6 rows of an E190 be mostly empty on a midday flight. Now, they're almost always completely
full, to the point where the extra time they take to load/disembark passengers and their carry-ons is messing with the E190s schedules. Nowadays,
it's par for the course for the E190 to be running 15-30 minutes late due to the extra time it takes to board and unload a 100% full aircraft.
JetBlue needs something with more capacity than the E190 on their lower-volume routes, and the CSeries is the magic bullet, while also offering far
better cost/passenger/mile fuel numbers than the E190s do. Furthermore, the crew costs for a CS100 or CS200 shouldn't be any different than they are
for an E190, which will further help margins.
And that's before you get to my favorite dead horse of engine commonality. It's all but written in stone that JetBlue will be upgrading their A320
fleet to A320/A321NEOs in the near future, which would currently create three different engine families for the carrier to deal with (the E190s CF34s,
the A320's V2500s, and the NEO's PW1100Gs). Southwest is already killing JetBlue in the maintenance cost arena, and I'm sure that JetBlue is looking
to consolidate their fleet as much as possible.
Adopting the CSeries to replace the E190s means that once it comes time to replace the A320 fleet, even when they have three airframes flying, they
will only have two engine families to worry about maintenance for, since the PW1000G in the CSeries and the PW1100G in the A320NEO are essentially the
same engine. It also means that once the A320s are fully replaced by 2025 or so, JetBlue will have two different airframes to worry about
maintaining, but only one engine family, giving them the most streamlined fleet they could possibly have from a maintenance standpoint.
There are just too many reasons why the CSeries works for JetBlue, and it's exciting to see that the execs there are paying attention and looking to
follow in Delta's footsteps.
If this goes through, I'd argue that it'll be just as pivotal to the CSeries as the Delta order, because of the reputation JetBlue has among discount
carriers. This could well bring more 'big fish' like Easyjet or Spirit into the fold.
EDIT: Jeez, that turned into a blog post. What can I say, though, I like civil aviation, I really like the CSeries, and I fly JetBlue a
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