‘We love JetBlue in America.’

I’m in the exquisite Baccarat Hotel in New York (full review imminent) and conversation with my New Yorker companion has turned to my journey from to JFK with U.S low-cost airline JetBlue — apparently a popular carrier with the natives.And now I know why.

My mission is to pit JetBlue’s ‘Core’ cabin (economy) against its ‘Mint Studio’ (first class in all but name) on board its single-aisle long-range Airbus A321neo — and my odyssey transpires to be a genuine eye-opener, with the Core experience on the way out genuinely living up to JetBlue’s claim before launching the transatlantic route last August that it would ‘reinvent what it’s like to fly economy across the Atlantic’.

And the Mint Studio leg on the way back to London would turn out to be similarly revelatory. 

MailOnline Travel Editor Ted Thornhill flies from London Gatwick to JFK with JetBlue, in the economy 'Core' cabin on the way out, and in one of two 'first-class' 'Mint Studio' suites (pictured) on the way back

MailOnline Travel Editor Ted Thornhill flies from London Gatwick to JFK with JetBlue, in the economy ‘Core’ cabin on the way out, and in one of two ‘first-class’ ‘Mint Studio’ suites (pictured) on the way back

Ted's picture of his berth for the London to JFK leg - seat 15A in the Core 'Even More Space' section

Ted’s picture of his berth for the London to JFK leg — seat 15A in the Core ‘Even More Space’ section

Core blimey 

The Core trip begins at London Gatwick’s North Terminal at midday on a sunny Friday lunchtime, with the A321neo at gate 51 that’ll fly me to JFK looking bijou next to an adjacent Dreamliner.

But inside, despite short-haul looks on the outside, there’s a reassuringly transatlantic vibe thanks to sterling work by JetBlue’s London-based design partner, .

It helped overhaul the JetBlue A321 fleet’s cabins, which are fresh and full of funky features, with the updated long-range version of the aircraft boasting a sizeable premium section with direct-aisle-access lie-flat seats.

I walk past the two ‘Mint Studio’ seats at the very front (I’ll be in one of those on the return — 1A), the 22 ‘Mint’ ‘business-class’ seats and through to the economy Core section.

I’m in 15A, billed by JetBlue — the sixth-largest airline in the U.S — as an ‘Even More Space’ Core seat, which means up to seven inches more legroom, 우리카지노 early boarding and distinctive orange-and-black headrests.

Spoiler alert — JetBlue has transatlantic economy nailed.

There’s something alluringly motorsport about the seats and I love how you can bend the padded headrests to form ‘ears’ you can lean your head against while sleeping.

The cushioning, meanwhile, is supportive and I’ll distribute a thumbs up, too, for the backpack-style stowage attached to the back of the seat in front, which has a regular pouch for 우리카지노 magazines and the safety cards and a separate holder for drinks bottles.

JetBlue uses state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft (pictured) for its transatlantic services

JetBlue uses state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft (pictured) for its transatlantic services