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NEW YORK Long Island-based US low-cost  JetBlue Airways is on track to launch transatlantic services next year after it secured slots at London Gatwick and London Stansted airports for the summer of 2021.

The airline obtained seven weekly slot pairs to operate from New York JFK to London Gatwick, where the airline had originally applied for fourteen slots. At Stansted, the carrier was granted 14 weekly slot pairs for flights from Boston.

On the Gatwick-JFK route, JetBlue will directly compete with both the Norwegian UK and British Airways. There are currently no scheduled transatlantic services from Stansted for the Summer 2021 season.

JetBlue plans to operate the Airbus' upcoming extra-long-range narrowbody A321XLRs on its first transatlantic services. The aircraft recently started test flights at Hamburg Finkenwerder airport and is expected to make its commercial debut in early 2021.#

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