A new airline for me and the only flight on my trip not to be operated by a "Mainline" Airliner!
Flying the legendary JETBLUE on Embraer E-190 from New York (JFK) to Washington DC (IAD).
I almost messed this up badly as I overslept at my hotel in Newark. I awoke at 05:45am (was planning a 4am departure) and had to mad dash across NYC to catch this plane!
So after a run that included an Airport Shuttle Bus, train from Newark Airport to Penn Station then the Metro from Penn Station to Jamaica Station then the Air Train to JFK………..
I MADE IT!!!!!!!
I hadn't checked in by this time, however as I got to T5 at New York JFK, I went to a kiosk and put my details in and probably due to my hand-luggage only idea for this- I was able to check in!
Whilst JetBlue is mostly known for operating the Airbus A320/A321-T in their operations, a lot of regional operations are done with a small "merry men" fleet of Embraer E-190.
This was a good opportunity to mix this trip a bit. I had thought the idea of going from Newark or JFK with Delta CRJ, United B737/Dash 8 but since I'd already booked them airlines, I thought a JetBlue flight would be ideal as I was also trying on this trip Southwest & Virgin America/Alaska Airlines.
My flight was running on time and had a light load on this mornings service. I had pre-booked a free seat of 5A (at the front but not an extra-legroom seat which is at a cost).
There was a bit of wait as we taxied through JFK. Seeing a lot of wide-bodys around our small E-190 was a unique experience as this was only my 3rd time in one.
Finally taking off and observing the sight of New York as we darted up into the sky was amazing.
The IFE Screen finally began to work for the PAX and I personally found the screen a bit of a 90s model. Wasn't the same as previous screens I had used with KLM, Finnair, Delta or American. But that could have been down to the Embraer's being older or due to their constantly rumoured replacement by JetBlue.
Cruising through the sky on this short 55 minute flight we were served a juice drink along with a packet of cookies or crackers. I had both due to my crazy dart to JFK that morning robbing me of breakfast at any reasonable stop off.
I also grabbed an opportunity to get some pictures around the quiet flight. Taking some wing-shots at different empty rows and a few cabin shots.
The flight was generally smooth and uneventful and we were quickly getting ready to land in Washington D.C. Capital city of the US of A!
Arriving and parking up, I didn't get a chance to visit the flight deck on this flight so I left and decided to make haste to my IAD Airport hotel.
Once getting there and having reorganised my stuff, I then proceeded to my destination of the day: The UDVAR HAZY Centre!
New York - JFK
Washington - IAD
JetBlue- Decent legroom and seats. Didn't have long enough a flight to really compare the service to other US Airlines I used. But it was a fine introduction, would definitely look to JB again on further trips! Service was decent for this short flight. Was nice to get two options of snacks. IFE screens appeared a slight bit dated.
JFK- Once there it was quite efficient. Was nice to find a place to sit and charge my phone once I got airside.
IAD- Standard domestic arrival system, had a bit of a treck to the landside area having had to use an underground mono-rail. Quite a clean and modern airport. Easy access to the Udvar-Hazy Centre.
UHC: Worth the wait! Great to see another Concorde, the prototype Boeing 707 (Dash 80), B-29 ENOLA GAY and a Hawker Hurricane (I live near Langley, England where they were built during WW2).
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