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JetBlue Airbus A321LR Mint Studio Business Class Review [CDG to JFK]

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Airline: JetBlue
Aircraft: Airbus A321LR
Flight #: B61408
Route: Paris (CDG) to New York (JFK)
Date: June 30, 2023
Duration: 7 hours and 34 minutes
Cabin and Layout: JetBlue Mint — 2 Mint Studios, 22 Mint Suites
Seat: 1A

Following the success of JetBlue’s first long-haul route to London, the New York-based carrier wasted no time in adding Paris as its second European destination.

The inaugural date was set for June 30, 2023, and I was lucky enough to be invited along for the ride.

It was an early start to be at the airport in time for the press event, though I was nowhere near as tired as those who’d flown in on the airline’s first inbound flight from New York, which landed at 6:09 a.m.

The brand-new aircraft that performed the historical flight, registered N4074J, was unveiled at the Paris Airshow only the week prior.

After the celebratory events at Charles de Gaulle, the aircraft headed back to New York and I was lucky enough to be sitting in seat 1A for the journey.

I hope you enjoy reading about the experience as much as I did flying it!

Booking JetBlue’s Mint Studio

As I was a guest of JetBlue on this flight, I didn’t go through the normal booking process. However, here’s how to go about booking the Studio for yourself.

At the time of writing, the cheapest return from New York to Paris in JetBlue Mint was around $2,490.

At the flight selection stage of booking, you’re only given the option to choose between Core (economy) and Mint (business class).

JetBlue booking
Image Credit: JetBlue

It’s not until you move through the booking process and arrive at the seat selection stage that you’re presented with the option of paying an extra $299 for 1 of the 2 Studio seats on the aircraft.

If you were to pay for this additional upcharge for both segments on JetBlue’s cheapest business-class ticket, you’d pay a total of $3,088 for a round-trip.

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At Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Paris Charles De Gaulle is connected to the city via a transit system called the RER.

Line B connects both terminals of the airport with several important hub stations in the city, including Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est where it’s possible to connect to France’s highspeed rail system — the TGV.

A one-way ticket will cost you $12.50 for a journey of around 30 minutes.

Once at Terminal 2, a quick check of the departures board showed JetBlue’s check-in area as 2B.

JetBlue Mint Studio Paris CDG departure board
Flight B61408 was “à l’heure” (on time) and departing from Terminal 2B.

Charles de Gaulle is known for its nonsensical layout (and endless walking) which I was reminded of as I walked the length of the seemingly never-ending Terminal 2 to get to JetBlue’s check-in desks.

JetBlue Mint Studio Paris CDG Terminal 2B
You’ll be sure to hit your steps goal with a visit to CDG’s terminal 2.

JetBlue’s check-in area is situated in Zone 1, at the last set of counters in the terminal.

As my flight was the inaugural service to New York from Paris, the gate area was decorated with balloons in JetBlue’s color scheme.

JetBlue Mint Studio Paris CDG check in desks
Nothing says an inaugural flight like balloons.

Checking In

There are self-service check-in kiosks for economy passengers. These are shared with American, Air Canada, Norwegian, and Royal Air Maroc who also use this part of the terminal.

JetBlue Mint Studio Paris CDG self check in
Self-service check-in kiosks.

As I was flying in Mint, I used the dedicated priority check-in lane for TrueBlue Mosaic status holders and Mint passengers.

There seemed to be a bit of a hold-up with the passenger checking in in front of me, so I was invited to the neighboring counter.

The agency staffer who checked me in shared my excitement about the inaugural flight, which meant for some great chats while he processed my details and boarding pass.

JetBlue Mint Studio CDG Mosaic and Mint check in
Mint and Mosaic check-in desk.

I had my shiny JetBlue Mint boarding pass in hand after just a couple of minutes and made my way to security.

Signposted (and clear) directions pointed me to the entrance of security where boarding passes were checked before being allowed to enter.

After heading up the escalators, I arrived at the large security hall where JetBlue Mint passengers can use the Accès No.1 priority lane.

JetBlue Mint Studio Paris CDG priority security
JetBlue Mint passengers get priority security at Paris-CDG.

Lounge Access

Unfortunately, JetBlue’s Mint passengers don’t get lounge access. In fact, the airline doesn’t have any lounges — its own or contract.

As a fan of airline lounges and being able to eat, relax, and work before a flight, I’m hopeful that lounge access is something that JetBlue might eventually incorporate into the Mint experience.

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Important to note: The area of Paris-CDG’s Terminal 2B where JetBlue departs does not have a lounge that is eligible for access to those with Priority Pass or any other form of lounge membership.

Boarding

My flight was to depart from B21 — the last gate at this part of the terminal.

Like at check-in, the gate was adorned with lots of JetBlue and New York-themed decorations to celebrate the inaugural flight.

JetBlue Mint Studio Paris CDG Gate B21 celebrations
Holding a torch for NYC.

There are only a few gates in this area as only flights to non-Schengen countries depart from here. As is often the case in Europe, passport control sits between the main departures area and a separate section of gates.

Once you pass this checkpoint, the only food and drink outlet is Pret à Manger. This isn’t anything to do with JetBlue, of course, but I find it weird that an airport in a land that’s known for its bread and bakeries would choose a very standard café chain as its sole food establishment.

That said, make sure to stock up on snacks and drinks before clearing passport control.

On the plus side, you’ll find ample seating and even gaming consoles to keep kids and big kids alike entertained.

JetBlue Mint Studio Paris CDG Gate B21
Seating and entertainment at gate B21.

Onboard JetBlue’s Airbus A321LR

Despite the celebrations at the gate, the JetBlue team still managed to get us boarded and ready to go promptly.

However, we didn’t push back until 10:43 a.m. (50 minutes later than our scheduled departure time) due to a small operational delay.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR wing tip
Pushing back from gate B21 at Paris Charles de Gaulle.

After passing by the very familiar American Airlines Dreamliner, I spotted this Algerian Boeing 737 belonging to Tassili Airlines.

JetBlue Mint Studio Paris CDG Tassili Airlines
Tassili Airlines.

After a lengthy taxi (another thing CDG is famous for), we were up and away soaring over Paris’ Le Bourget Airport where the Paris Airshow had ended just days before.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR Le Bourget
Paris-Le Bourget Airport.

The Cabin

The cabin windows were shut, and the mood lighting turned up high which made for a very blue welcome as I stepped inside the N4074J-registered Airbus A321LR that would be flying me to JFK.

Up front in Mint, there are 24 seats in 12 rows. Despite being on a single-aisle jet, the seats are arranged in a 1-1 configuration with the first row dedicated to the exclusive Mint Studio.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR cabin
Looking down the Airbus A321LR from row 1.

There’s a divider after row 12 that separates the Mint cabin from the economy cabin that JetBlue calls “Core.”

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR cabin divider
The cabin divider featuring the (always) smiling faces of JetBlue’s Leanne and Jess.

The Core cabin comprises just 90 seats in a 3-3 configuration.

Despite coming with more legroom, the seats in the first row at the bulkhead do not belong to the 24 Even More Space seats. I’m guessing this is owing to the fixed armrests.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR Core cabin
JetBlue’s Core cabin on the Airbus A321LR

The following 4 rows are home to said Even More Space seats which boast up to 38 inches of legroom. That’s really quite remarkable for economy.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR Core Even More Space
Even More Space seats.

Mint Studio

Now, back to the star of this show: the Mint Studio.

I’d read about the Studio and have even seen it with my own eyes, but it wasn’t until I spent more than 7 hours in one that I realized just how spacious it is.

Despite what some might say about narrow-body aircraft not being suitably comfortable for a long-haul flight, the seat has far more space than some business class products on widebodies that operate the same transatlantic routes as JetBlue.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A wide angle
Welcome to JetBlue’s Mint Studio.

I’m a huge fan of small features and details; this elongated seat is a prime example.

Most business class seats only have a footwell or footrest, one that isn’t always within reach, when seated during takeoff and landing.

This is not the case when sitting in a Mint Studio where I was able to stretch out fully before we’d even taken off thanks to the extended seat which runs perpendicular to the fuselage.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A stretch
Sometimes it’s the simple things that make all the difference.

In fact, when you turn the seat into lie-flat mode, even more surface area extends from underneath the extended seat to make for a huge space to spread out and get comfortable when sleeping.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A fully flat
So much space for starfishing.

Looks cozy, right?

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A bed
Ready for a quick power nap.

The addition of the sliding door gives an added bonus of privacy.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A bed space
So. Much. Space.

We’re not done with the bonus of the extra seating area just yet.

Another purpose (not just for resting your legs) is to provide a second seating arrangement. I sat there and did some work for an hour or so.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A side table
Welcome to my office.

The best part is, should you be traveling with a companion, you can invite them to join you to eat or hang out as long as they’re also traveling in Mint.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A tray tables
2 is better than 1.

There’s even a power outlet for each person: the first (which also has a USB port) is located by the armrest, a little further along from the seat control panel.

There were a couple of times when I thought my seat had a mind of its own when actually I’d just caught the seat controls with my elbow.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A charging and seat controls
The power outlet and seat controls were within easy reach.

You’ll find the second power outlet, complete with a USB-C port, underneath the IFE monitor and storage compartments.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR second charging outlet
You can never have too many power outlets these days.

Speaking of storage, there’s no shortage here.

A bonus of the Mint Studio seat is that passengers get their own personal mini wardrobe-like compartment.

Inside you’ll find a clothes hook, a net pouch, and a large vanity mirror.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A wardrobe
Who doesn’t love a mini wardrobe?

I officially name this compartment “the gadget drawer” as it’s where I stowed my laptop, AirPods, and other bits and bobs when I wasn’t using them. You’ll also find this at the 22 regular Mint seats.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A laptop tray
The gadget drawer.

As usual, there’s a thin document compartment where you’ll find the safety manual and a sick bag. This is also where the manual TV remote is (which I had no reason to use), and additional buttons for turning the seat into lie-flat or take-off/landing mode.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR seat controls

The practicality, functionality, and comfort of the Mint Studio is complemented beautifully by the modern and sophisticated JetBlue design.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A Tuft and Needle branding
Detail is everything.

Food and Beverage

My flight attendant, Cesar, started service off with a pre-takeoff drink of either orange juice, sparkling wine, or a mimosa.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR F and B welcome drink
Is it ever too early for a glass of bubbles?

If you prefer good old H2O to keep hydrated when flying (like me), all Mint passengers will find a small bottle at their seats.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR F and B welcome water
While I’m a fan of having water already waiting at my seat, I’d prefer it to be in a can than a plastic bottle.

Before takeoff, passengers in all cabins are requested to use the IFE screens to select their preferred inflight meal choices that included a couple of French-inspired dishes. While this slightly reduces rapport building with the customer, I’d expect this a far more efficient process than having the crew take individual orders.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR F and B ordering
You get to choose options for both the main meal and the pre-arrival snack.

I was served breakfast (the main meal for this morning flight) about 30 minutes after take-off.

I could choose up to 3 choices out of a possible 5 and I went for a bowl of fresh strawberries, a ricotta crèpe, and a spinach and goat cheese frittata. The other 2 options available were avocado toast or Greek yogurt served with peach jam.

I also opted for a side of sausage.

The strawberries tasted fresh and the frittata, while small, was cooked well and tasted great. The ricotta crèpe was surprisingly delicious. I’d highly recommend the meaty sausages, too.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR F and B breakfast
Breakfast is served.

For the pre-landing meal, we had the choice of a wedge salad, tomato gazpacho, or a croque monsieur.

While I like the idea of keeping to a French theme for some of the meal options, unfortunately, the croque monsieur was quite stale and didn’t have much taste.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR F and B pre landing meal
The pre-landing meal of a croque monsieur with a Venetian Spritz fell short.

The cocktail you see in the photo above is a Venetian Spritz which I thought I’d try since it was well into the afternoon in the U.K.

I can imagine some people would love this, but I’m too much of a fan of an Aperol Spritz to be able to enjoy any quirky take on the original to enjoy this properly.

If I hadn’t been working for most of the flight, I probably have tested out the other cocktails which which included 2 standard Mint offerings, the Mint Condition and Black Maple Old Fashioned. There were 2 alcohol-free cocktails as well.

The below drinks menu is the same for Studio and regular Mint passengers.

JetBlue Mint drinks menu
What would you go for?

Instead, I stuck to my trusty soda water, of which I drank about 6 or 7 cans.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR F and B Seagrams selzer water

In between meal times, I got a little peckish so I treated myself to a pack of mini pretzels followed by Palets Bretons biscuits — the perfect American-French snack combo on offer from JetBlue.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR F and B snacks
Snack time.

Amenities

The first thing at the seat I noticed was the whopping IFE screen which measures 22 inches (56 centimeters) — a whole 5 inches bigger than in the regular Mint seats in the cabin.

And now, thanks to this new service to France, French has now been added as the third language option in the IFE (“Quoi de neuf?”).

It will be great to see the addition of a Dutch (“Hoe gaat het?”) when the Amsterdam route starts on August 29, 2023.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR IFE screen
You can’t argue with a 22-inch IFE screen.

Here’s a picture with my (smaller than average) hand for scale.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR IFE screen size
Positively huge.

There’s no lack of amenities as a Mint Studio passenger, either.

From left to right we have the Master & Dynamic noise-canceling headphones, the grey amenity kit (on request only and made from kraft paper), a beige paper amenity kit (with a sleep mask), and some other fun additional amenities like stain remover and a lint brush which are on-request items just for Studio passengers.

It makes me so happy when airlines show they are conscious of sustainability with the design of their amenity kits. The irony of the lint brush wrapped in plastic is not lost on me though.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR amenity collection
Lots of treats for Mint Studio passengers.

Inside the sustainable Tuft & Needle amenity kit were an eye mask, ear plugs, a toothbrush, and a first for me onboard a plane: toothpaste in tablet form rather than in a tube.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR 1A amenity kit
Tuft & Needle sustainable amenity kit.

Inside the larger, on-request amenity kit, were a bunch of branded potions and lotions, albeit in less sustainable packaging.

Contents included flight socks, Jubel moisturizer, a tube of SPF 30, lip balm, a sachet of pineapple-flavored de-bloating powder, and a Recess deodorant wipe.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR amenity request contents
The contents of the grey amenity kit.

It was a big thumbs up from me on the sound quality of the headset, too.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR amenity headset
Thumbs up for the sound quality.

Lastly, but by absolutely no means least, additional on-request items for Studio passengers include Mint Studio-branded pajamas and playing cards to enjoy with whoever you invite into your Suite.

JetBlue Mint playing cards
Twist or stick?

The jammies were very comfortable and a great perk to have, especially when flying a pesky red-eye across the Atlantic.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR amenity pajamas
Love the subtle branding.

A final checked box for JetBlue in the amenities category goes to its high-speed Viasat Wi-Fi which is free for every single passenger no matter the cabin class.

As is often the case with inflight Wi-Fi, the upload speed was the slower of the 2 at just 0.59 Mbps. Even still, I was able to upload photos that I’d just taken at the press event in Paris.

JetBlue Wi Fi speed
The Wi-Fi speed. Image Credit: Speedtest by Ookla

Bathroom

Mint passengers have exclusive use of 2 lavatories located at the front of the aircraft. There are 2 more at the rear of the Core cabin.

There’s nothing fancy about them and they’re small and compact, but what else would you expect from a narrow-body aircraft?

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR bathroom
The bathroom.

Service

Without further ado, let me introduce you to the fine crew you see below.

From left to right, we have Cesar, Leanne, Jess, Trevor, and Eric. I had the pleasure of speaking with each and every one of them at some point during my flight.

JetBlue Mint Studio Airbus A321LR crew

There is no doubt about it; JetBlue’s transatlantic crew is up there with the best in the business. The airline handpicked the crew for this inaugural flight, but even on regular operations, JetBlue generally has above-average service.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Eric and Trevor up front, as well as being reacquainted with Cesar, who I met on my first transatlantic JetBlue flight back in February 2022.

Passengers sitting in Core were in the very capable hands of Leanne (who I’ve also had the privilege to fly with) and Jessica.

Overall, service was slick and professional, and this crew’s love of their job shone through.

Arrival

We touched down onto runway 22L a whole 4 minutes ahead of schedule at 12:17 p.m. despite the slight hold-up on the ground in Paris.

Even with the haze caused by the Canadian wildfires, it was a great feeling to be back in New York for the 15th time.

The good things certainly came to an abrupt end with a 1+ hour wait at border control. Let this be a reminder to you to stop putting off your Global Entry application like I have been doing.

Final Thoughts

I would advise anyone looking to travel between New York/Boston and London/Paris to give JetBlue’s Mint Studios a try.

Admittedly and understandably, the lack of lounge access could be a deterrent for some, but I would happily get to the airport later than usual and wait to enjoy the hospitality onboard instead of indulging in a lounge beforehand.

For me, standout aspects of this experience include the huge surface for spreading out to sleep, the delicious breakfast, the first-class “‘lite” amenities, and the incredible JetBlue service.

Yes, there is some room for improvement, such as a stale croque monsieur, but it’s small in the grand scheme of things.

I cannot wait to fly JetBlue’s Mint Studio again and I hope to see you across the aisle when I do!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which aircraft does JetBlue fly to Paris?

JetBlue flies its state-of-the-art Airbus A321LR aircraft across the Atlantic to Paris. These are narrow body aircraft with a single aisle.

What is the difference between Mint Studio and Mint Suite on JetBlue?

JetBlue’s Mint Studio is like a “first-class lite.” Passengers have lots of room, extra storage, a larger IFE screen, and additional amenities such as pajamas, slippers, and more.

Does Mint Studio cost more?

You can expect to pay somewhere in the region of $299 (each way) to upgrade from a regular Mint Suite to a Mint Studio.

Does JetBlue operate in Europe?

Yes, JetBlue operates flights from Boston and New York to London and Paris. As of August 29, 2023, the carrier will add Amsterdam as its 3rd European destination.

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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