Review of JetBlue Airways flight New York Palm Springs in Premium Eco

Airline JetBlue Airways
Flight B6149
Class Premium Eco
Seat 4A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 06:13
Take-off 14 Nov 18, 18:00
Arrival at 14 Nov 18, 21:13
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rbix
By GOLD 1136
Published on 27th January 2019
Hi, everyone! Welcome to an off-series trip report where I'll be flying to Palm Springs to attend a wedding, and to spend a few days in Los Angeles. Honestly, I was quite excited as I've never been to SoCal and that I was going for yet another wedding! So, I was really looking forward for this trip not just because of me going to new places, but I definitely needed a vacation. Anyways, without further ado, let's get on with the flight! ;)

Return flight can be found here!

Pre-flight


The booking process for flights were fairly simple, primarily given the fact that I had them booked since the summer. I was aware that JetBlue has seasonal service to Palm Springs, and I was able to get a ticket for the flight immediately. However, it took some time to book the return flight as I wasn't sure of how many days I would spend in LA before heading back to New York. However, I ultimately made the decision to spend at least 3-4 days in each place and easily got a return flight within a matter of days.

Anyways, back to the flight. My plan was to get to the airport by 4:00 PM given the fact that there would be a lot of traffic leading to JFK, especially during the days prior to Thanksgiving. So, I ended up leaving at around 3:15 PM which would give me a good time span to check-in, go through security, and explore the terminal before ultimately boarding the flight.

Terminal 5 Departures exterior
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Terminal 5 Departures interior
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Using the automated kiosks to check-in for the flight
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Honestly, I wasn't really familiar with the concept at first but I was able to check-in at ease as I received my boarding pass and baggage tag before dropping it off.
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Heading towards security
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Post-security


Surprisingly, I got out of security within a span of 10 minutes given the fact that this was a busy travel period.
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Airside
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FIDS
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More shots of Terminal 5
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After a quick cup of coffee, I decided to sit back and relax as I had another hour prior to boarding
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Boarding pass
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Afterwards, I proceeded to gate 15, but not until I tried my luck in plane spotting


Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300, EI-GCF, about to commence its return flight to DUB as EI104
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Gate area
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JetBlue Airbus A320-200, N662JB, which will depart for SLC as B671 right next to us
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Time for a vacation!
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I have to admit, the boarding process did take longer than expected given the fact that it was going to be full, but it took about 5-10 minutes in total
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Heading down the aerobridges
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Some pre-flight information:
Date: 14 November 2018
Airline: JetBlue
Flight Number: B6 149
Route: New York (JFK) - Palm Springs (PSP)
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Registration: N591JB
Distance: 2376 miles
Scheduled Departure Time: 6:00 PM
Actual Departure Time: 6:14 PM
Scheduled Arrival Time: 9:13 PM
Actual Arrival Time: 8:14 PM
Flight Time: 6 hrs 13 mins
Departure Gate at JFK: 15
Arrival Gate at PSP: 5

Inflight


My seat, 4A
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Legroom was quite reasonable for a trans-continental flight
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View from my seat
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Full seat view
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Entertainment controls
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Menu from the seat pocket


Cabin views
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It took about 15 minutes for boarding to be completed. The next thing I knew was that we were already pushing back from the gate.
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Taxiing towards the runway with a view of the New York City skyline in the distance
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During the taxi, the first officer came on with the pre-flight welcome, stating that there would be on-and-off turbulence throughout the flight, and that we would be landing into Palm Springs ahead of the scheduled arrival time.

Cabin lights dimmed in preparation for takeoff
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After the short taxi to the runway, we took off at around 6:15 PM
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The inflight wifi known as Fly-Fi came on 5 minutes after takeoff

Over central New Jersey
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I wasn't really interested in the entertainment choices for this flight, so I just grabbed my laptop and watched some movies and TV shows on Netflix. The speed on the inflight wifi was actually what I expected for a flight in general, given it was not too fast and not too slow.
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After a few minutes, the cabin crew started to come around to take drink orders which were complimentary as well as sandwiches and other items from the menu, available for purchase.

Dasani water bottle
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I ended up purchasing a turkey sandwich, which was surprisingly quite good
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Cabin overview
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Cruising over Ohio
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I headed to the bathroom after 25 minutes. I have to say, I found it to be extremely small
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I then decided to watch a couple of TV episodes on Netflix before ultimately calling it a night somewhere over Illinois.
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Since I couldn't go back to sleep, I went to the inflight map to see where we were, and watch my content on Netflix just to pass the time.
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Cruising over Colorado
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I got up after half an hour again only to realise that we were above Arizona
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Since we were already close to landing, I just thought it'd be best to sit back and resume to watching my Netflix shows until we had to prepare to land
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After approximately 40 minutes, the captain came back on with his pre-arrival announcement, saying that we were now starting the descent towards Palm Springs and that we would be landing an hour ahead of schedule!

Suddenly, the cabin lights and seat belt sign came back on giving the indication that we had to prepare for landing, which didn't take long.
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Above California!
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Final shots before landing
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Cabin lights dimmed in preparation for landing
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We landed at 8:14 PM, which was an hour ahead of schedule! The taxi to the gate was quite short too.

Docking at gate 5
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Post-flight


Disembarking/Arrival into PSP


What a nice welcome!
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It was a bit of a walk to get to the baggage claim area, which took about 5 minutes


Baggage claim area
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I was able to get my bag within 15 minutes


From then on, I proceeded outside where I met my Uber driver and then headed to the hotel for some fun and festivities!
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PSP Arrival Exterior
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Verdict

JetBlue Airways

7.8/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering8.5

New York - JFK

8.1/10
Efficiency7.5
Access8.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

Palm Springs - PSP

8.9/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Overall, this was a decent transcontinental flight with a regional airline such as JetBlue. The legroom was quite exceptional and I certainly believe that this flight was rather uneventful. This is the first time I've flown on JetBlue after 5 years, and honestly, I don't think anything major has changed in regards of service, cabin, entertainment, or catering.

However, I can't say much since this route was served on an older aircraft such as the Airbus A320-200. However, I'm glad I booked my return flight on the Airbus A321-200, so I was looking forward for some significant changes in overall service. Anyways, thanks for reading this trip report. I hope you enjoyed it. Tune in next time for the return flight which I'll be posting soon!

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2 Comments

  • Comment 486076 by
    KL651 TEAM 4454 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    Great legroom which definitely improves comfort on such a long flight.
    How much was the Even More Space Option?
    Nothing different from UA or DL it seems, I guess the crew might have been better on B6.
    Looking forward to your review on the A321!

    • Comment 486718 by
      rbix GOLD AUTHOR 71 Comments

      Thanks for the comment! Well, from what I can remember, the Even More Space option was about $100. However, it was definitely worth it especially this being a 6 hour flight. Yeah, I wouldn't say there is any difference between JetBlue or the other major US carriers, but I'd definitely fly with B6 again in the foreseeable future. Happy travels!

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