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I Can’t Believe JetBlue Has Added The E190 To This Route

by joeheg

We’ve flown from Orlando to New York on JetBlue more times than I can count. No matter if we were flying to JFK, LaGuardia or Newark, we were always on an Airbus plane.

We’ve had a chance to review many of JetBlue’s fleet:

The NYC to Orlando market is a core JetBlue route, so it’s no surprise they fly their high-capacity planes.

That’s why I was shocked when I booked a flight from Orlando to Newark and was presented with a 2-2 seat map with only 3 rows of Even More Space seats.

Our Orlando to Newark flight is on one of JetBlue’s Embraer E190 jets.

What???

JetBlue has a considerable number of Embraer 190 jets, but they’re normally used to fly shorter routes in the Northeast. While the 1,000-mile flight to Florida is well within the E190’s range, JetBlue typically flies the higher-capacity Airbus planes on these routes.

Honestly, I’m excited to fly an E190 to New York. Based on this review, it sounds like a comfortable ride. I’m not sure it’s because JetBlue is focusing more on flights to JFK instead of Newark, but I’m looking forward to Sharon and I sitting in an aisle and window seat with no one between us.

Maybe I’m strange to be excited to fly on what JetBlue refers to as their E190 Classic.  While the Embraer doesn’t offer a huge IFE monitor, I’ll take the legroom and smaller screen for our 2-hour flight. I’m curious why JetBlue is using a “regional” aircraft on a 2+ hour flight. Still, I don’t think the experience will be much different than when we’d get on a Delta, Southwest, United or American flight on the same route.

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2 comments

derek January 14, 2023 - 9:27 pm

Must be either a positioning flight or they can get enough traffic to fill an Airbus.

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Zippy January 15, 2023 - 9:48 am

Years ago USAir ran foker-100’s…a similar sized rear engine jet from many northeast cities to Orlando …
But to put it simply….with the new a-220’s getting delivered, JetBlue has excess 190’s in the fleet that are scheduled for retirement. They can use the 190’s amd get value out if them before they go away… Aircraft route scheduling is not just about specific planes in routes, but flying them so they are due for MX procedures on the scheduled date…so it’s a chess game of sorts behind the scenes, matching planes to routes, and occasionally using a different type.

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