JetBlue to Launch Mint Service to Grenada in 2017
PHOTO: JetBlue will expand Mint service to Grenada in January. (photo by Brian Major)
JetBlue Airways is expanding its deluxe Mint service to another Caribbean destination. The airline will launch the premium service on flights between New York and Grenada beginning in January, company officials announced Wednesday.
The Grenada Mint launch marks the fifth Caribbean destination to which the airline offers the premium service. JetBlue previously established Mint service to Barbados, Aruba, St. Maarten and St. Lucia. The Grenada Mint flights will operate seasonally on Saturdays between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport.
Mint service features what the airline bills as the longest fully-flat bed in the U.S. domestic premium market. Mint facilities feature four private suites equipped with 15-inch flat screen TVs programmed with complimentary entertainment options.
Customers also enjoy a signature cocktail, a tapas-style menu, espresso from a purpose-built cappuccino machine (a first for a U.S. airline, according to company officials) Birchbox-branded amenity and desserts from Blue Marble and Mah-ze-Dahr Bakery.
“Our customers are quickly discovering Grenada and its world class beaches, attractions, and luxury resorts,” said Dave Clark, the airline’s vice president of network planning. “Now customers traveling between New York and this Caribbean gem can enjoy the finest service and comfort during their flight."
The extension of the deluxe service to another Caribbean destination continues Jet Blue’s plan, stated earlier this year by CEO Robin Hayes, to expand its operations in Caribbean destinations.
“We are pleased to welcome this premium experience that gives travelers more options,” said Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Grenada’s minister of tourism and civil aviation.
“JetBlue has proven to be a very strategic airline partner for Grenada, offering a flight service from New York, our largest visitor source market,” said Modeste-Curwen. “The responses from visitors and the Grenadian diaspora have been very positive, so much so that (JetBlue’s) initial twice-weekly flights increased to four flights per week,” she added.
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