JetBlue Is Upgrading Their Planes to Feel More Like Your Living Room

01/27/2016 at 12:03 PM ET

New JetBlue interior
Courtesy JetBlue

If you want your travel experience to be kind of like sitting on the couch at home, JetBlue is making further strides to make that dream come true.

The company announced that it will be completely revamping all of its Airbus A320 cabins in the realm of both comfort and in-flight entertainment. In addition to adding 12 new seats per plane (yet still claiming to maintain “the most legroom in coach” versus other airlines), they are adding reclinable head rests, a “patented comfort suspension system,” and LED cabin lighting.

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Perhaps more importantly, though, is the addition of gate-to-gate WiFi — meaning we no longer have to wait to get to 10,000 ft. to rot our brains on social media — and upgraded HD TVs, nearly doubling in size from 5.6-in. to 10-in. Additionally, the sets will offer over 100 live DirectTV channels and 300 Movies On Demand titles (a big change from the previous 36 channels and 3 movies on continuous loop).

Another bonus? Each seat will have a power outlet with a USB connection, so you’ll never arrive at your destination with a dead phone again.

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“Our customers don’t want to switch off when they take off,” the company’s VP of brand and product development Jamie Perry said in a statement. “Flying JetBlue is more and more like being in your own home.”

Excited about making stylish new travel plans? You’re gonna have to wait — the redesign is starting in 2017 with a projected completion in 2019.

Shay Spence, @chezspence


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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Guset on

I’m sure the wi-fi won’t be free. And 12 new seats doesn’t sound like a plus.

LC on

These upgrades sound pretty good (minus the extra seats) but can all the other airlines please get on board?! United, Delta, American, Sun Country – they could all use some SERIOUS upgrades. I recently flew and felt like I was probably on the exact same plane I was on in the 90’s.

amy on

Flew Jet Blue for the first time at Christmas. Yes, the wifi is free as is some of the TV programming. My family really enjoyed the experience. Our flight back was delayed and they provided beverages and snacks while waiting. Over all I’d definately fly with them again. They do provide in flight beverages and snacks.

Jessie L on

Best U.S. carrier in the business. Wi-fi is free-that’s their big selling point now on the bigger planes, but I hear their smaller planes will get them too. Plus it’s a buffet in-flight. All you can eat snacks and drinks. Even with 12 seats added you still have more than enough room as they have significant leg room now. Other airlines are missing the boat if they don’t fall in line. I do wish Jet Blue would bring back the fresh, hot chocolate chip cookies though!

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