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JetBlue orders 13 A321XLRs, plans European expansion

New York-based low-cost airline JetBlue Airways will convert 13 of its existing A321neo orders to Airbus' longer-range XLR variant, media reported on Thursday.

The airline also converted its options for 10 Airbus A220-300s to firm orders, bringing its backlog for the type to 70 aircraft. Deliveries of the A321XLRs are scheduled to begin in 2023 while the A220 will be delivered from 2025. A spokesman said that the carrier will use the aircraft to expand its reach in Europe to cities in the north, south and center of the continent. Although he did not specify which cities it would fly to, he said that they will be those that "suffer from high fares or mediocre service and those which are effectively controlled by legacy carriers and their massive joint ventures."

The news comes after JetBlue initially hinted in April that it would start trans-Atlantic flights soon. It subsequently confirmed the reports and stated that it will start daily flights to London beginning in 2021.

Breaking the News / DZ