By Cailey Rizzo
June 14, 2019
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JetBlue inspires fanatical devotion among some fliers. And, later this year, the airline’s biggest fans will be able to spend even longer aboard a JetBlue plane.

JetBlue has announced its longest route yet: a 6.5-hour flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Guayaquil, Ecuador (known as the gateway to the Galapagos).

“Today, the existing New York-Guayaquil market suffers from high fares and limited service choices,” Andrea Lusso, JetBlue’s director of route planning, said in a statement. “Broadening our service in Guayaquil will also help us grow our network and will introduce yet another incredible destination for JetBlue customers in New York while also expanding JetBlue’s international footprint.”

Searching for round-trip airfare on JetBlue’s website shows round-trip flights from New York to Guayaquil starting in the mid $200s.

The route is more than 200 nautical miles longer than anything currently on offer from the airline. The new service, launching December 5, is possible thanks to JetBlue’s new Airbus A321neo fleet. The airplanes are capable of flying up to 4,000 nautical miles with improved fuel efficiency.

Guayaquil is not a new destination for the airline. It launched flights from Ft. Lauderdale to the Galapagos gateway back in February.

Earlier this year, JetBlue announced its intentions to cross the Atlantic, starting service from east coast cities to London. Nonstop service from New York and Boston is expected to begin in 2021, offering “better service and lower fares than anyone,” JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes claimed earlier this year.

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