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We Might Finally Feel Cozy on Transatlantic Flights Thanks to Seats Turned Homes

Flying isn’t everybody favorite cup of tea, and there’s no doubt the limited space inside an aircraft doesn’t help either.
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Airlines have been trying for years to find a way to provide passengers with more space, but you know how this one goes: you can’t have a premium experience unless you pay for it, and for air travel, this is something that’s often ridiculously expensive.

JetBlue promises a premium experience at a non-premium price, or at least that’s the tagline of the company’s latest seat upgrade available for transatlantic flights.

The Mint package, which is live on JetBlue’s airplanes since 2014, is getting a major overhaul with 24 individual suites that include a tilting 17-inch Thales AVANT seatback screen, wireless charging, a phone holder, power outlets, and several storage compartments for laptops, shoes, and handbag.

Each seat uses Thompson Aero Seating’s VantageSOLO design customized for JetBlue, as well as Tuft & Needle’s proprietary T&N Adaptive foam and a breathable cover, making sleeping a cozy experience up in the sky.

But the icing on the cake is the Mint Studio, an all-new small room for passengers and whose design was created by Acumen and then developed by AIM Altitude. This time, the studios come with a 22-inch tilting Thales AVANT seatback screen, an extra side table for added productivity, and a guest seat.

Passengers can recline the seat to sleep like a baby on a bed that’s the largest of any U.S. carrier, according to a JetBlue press release (embedded below).

The new seats will become available on JetBlue’s London flights in the summer, while a 16-seat layout will debut on certain flights between New York and Los Angeles later this year. As for Mint Studio, only two such all-private suites would be available on select aircraft, always in the first row, so you can drool over the warm home feeling some people can enjoy right after you board the plane.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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