In the premium transcontinental game Seattle doesn’t get much attention, but things are about to change with the introduction of jetBlue’s Mint product. While the premium experience might not be the first of its type in the U.S. market, it does give Seattle a true shot at giving passengers something better than a traditional domestic first class seat for those five-to-six hour transcontinental flights.
In preparation for jetBlue’s recent inaugural flight from Seattle (SEA) to Boston (BOS), we were able to give their Mint seats a proper test-sit in the name of journalistic thoroughness.
The seats recline to 6’8″ — jetBlue says that makes them the longest lie-flat domestic seats in the biz. Perks of the new service include gate-to-gate Fly-Fi WiFi, an extended slate of in-flight entertainment options on a 15″ seatback screen, fancy headphones, and even fancier meals from a menu that changes monthly.
JetBlue currently lists 17 routes with Mint service, and an 18th, SEA-JFK, will start in April, 2018.
And, just because we’re plane nerds at heart, here are some fun photos of the exterior of the plane:
The aircraft flown in for the flight, N982JB, was delivered on Aug. 17, 2017, so it’s only six month old — still pretty much brand new. Gotta love that new airplane smell!
While we didn’t fly with them this trip, watch for a proper flight review in the near future.