jetBlue Plans Updates to Offer Best In-Flight Experience for U.S. to Dominican Republic Flights
Restyled cabin will include a greater focus on connectivity, comfort, and space.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – MAY 2, 2016 – jetBlue, the fifth-largest airline in the U.S. and the largest provider of flights to the Caribbean from the United States, announced it will introduce a fully connected in- seat experience, among other new features, as part of its Airbus A320 cabin restyling program. A major focus of the new cabin will be keeping customers connected throughout their flight, including free gate-to- gate Fly-Fi high-speed Internet, a new Internet-enabled inflight entertainment system, high-definition seatback televisions, and in-seat power outlets with USB ports.
Entertainment and Connectivity
jetBlue will become the first domestic airline to launch an inflight entertainment system that connects the much-loved seatback television to the aircraft’s Wi-Fi Internet connection for customer use. The new streaming television inflight entertainment system from Thales – STV+ – is built on the Google Android platform, opening unlimited possibilities for custom app and widget development, live content streaming, audio-and-video-on-demand, and personal device pairing to offer more entertainment options than ever in collaboration with jetBlue’s industry-leading content partners.
In addition to streaming content, jetBlue will expand the number of DirecTV® television channels offered from 36 to more than 100, and will have the capability to offer a library of over 300 on-demand Hollywood films and other content stored locally on the aircraft.
The experience will be delivered on a new 10-inch, high-definition touch screen at every seat – almost double the size of the screens today.
One of the most exciting updates is that jetBlue will now offer gate-to-gate access to Fly-Fi, the airline’s free wireless high-speed Internet service powered by Thales and ViaSat. With gate-to-gate connectivity, customers will be able to use high-speed Internet on their personal devices during takeoff and landing to surf or shop the web, post pictures to social media, email colleagues and friends, or connect to The Hub – jetBlue’s content portal – to access content and stream Amazon Video before the flight even leaves the ground. jetBlue’s new seat design offers AC power outlets with USB ports for every seat.
The A320 cabin will closely follow jetBlue’s A321 cabin design, introduced in 2014. The cabin’s design and features have quickly earned accolades from customers who walk onto the aircraft surprised to see the new jetBlue look. Key features include:
- The most legroom in coach and the widest seat available for a narrow body aircraft so that customers enjoy great personal space while traveling.
- Sleek ergonomic B/E Aerospace Pinnacle® seats, great for long-haul or short-haul travel, which offer better comfort though its patented comfort suspension system.
- Moveable headrests that slide up, down and wrap around.
- LED cabin lighting and a modern interior color palette that makes the cabin experience more stylish and more comfortable.
This marks jetBlue’s first complete redesign of the interiors on its A320 fleet since it launched in 2000.
jetBlue Flight Facts
- jetBlue is the biggest carrier to Dominican Republic, from the United States, offering 25-30 flights daily, varying by season.
- jetBlue carried 2.5 million passengers to Dominican Republic in 2015.
- jetBlue offers transport to Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, La Romana, Punta Cana and Santiago.
- jetBlue offers four flights each day from U.S. to Punta Cana.
- jetBlue is adding two new weekly flights from New York (JFK) to Puerto Plata (POP) beginning in June and running through September.
The country is tracking at a median growth of 5.1 percent over the last 5 years, with numbers from the first months of 2016 looking to surpass last year’s arrivals. Dominican Republic boasts eight international airports throughout the country, each positioned in a key travel region to ensure convenience of travel, and currently welcomes flights from 26 countries and counting.
For more information on Dominican Republic, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.
About Dominican Republic
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.
Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.
Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.
BVK Public Relations for DR Ministry of Tourism
Annie Holschuh, US PR Director