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JetBlue Lands First Flight to Guadeloupe

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JetBlue’s new service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Guadeloupe’s Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP) has officially begun, as the airline’s first flight to the French Caribbean island landed on Saturday.

Wintertime service will be provided on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays.

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JetBlue will be the only airline to operate flights between the northeastern U.S. and Guadeloupe. Passengers will be carried to the Caribbean island aboard the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft feature comfortable legroom, free Fly-Fi, complimentary snacks and soft drinks and free DIRECTV programming to ensure a pleasurable flight, as the island is situated roughly four and a half hours from New York by air.

“We could not be more thrilled about the new nonstop air service with JetBlue to Pointe-à-Pître,” said Ary Chalus, President of the Regional Council of the Guadeloupe Islands. “As the leading airline in the Caribbean Region, JetBlue is the ideal partner and both of our teams are dedicated to the success of the route.”

Often thought to be one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets, Guadeloupe is made up of five main islands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Le Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie Galante.

Each island provides a unique experience for tourists, who can island-hop to enjoy all that Guadeloupe has to offer – from hiking through rainforests to soaking up the sun on the beach to exploring coffee trails and sugarcane fields.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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