US Airlines Offer Lie-Flat Seats to Puerto Rico
By TheTravelSavant, Alexander Deutsch
As Puerto Rico’s revival continues post Hurricane Maria, airlines are expecting a huge surge in passengers looking to reconnect with family, and leisure passengers seeking warmer temperatures. For added comfort, many airlines are offering lie-flat seats with international configuration aircrafts. We reviewed a roundup of the latest offerings:
Lie Flat Route: New York (JFK) to San Juan (SJU)
JetBlue Mint is an absolute favorite business class product with great food, amazing service, and a sexy amenity kit. The seats lie fully flat and you can enjoy live TV while you fly at 36,000 feet. However, if you do get lucky to fly an Airbus 321 to Puerto Rico it will either be on a redeye flight or during the weekend.
Lie Flat Route: Newark (EWR) to San Juan (SJU)
On the Newark, NJ, to Puerto Rico route, Boeing 767 business class seats are arranged in a 2-1-2 pattern. This smart configuration allows for convenient direct aisle access, unlike some other United premium cabins. With United’s extensive catalog of IFE, despite outdated screens, it’s not a bad ride.
Lie Flat Route: Atlanta (ATL) to San Juan (SJU)
Starting December 21, Delta will have an Airbus 330 aircraft between Atlanta, GA, and Puerto Rico. Sold as “first,” rather than Delta One, service, food, and amenity kit will likely resemble Delta’s domestic first class. Two business class cabins at the front of the aircraft feature 34 seats in a 1-2-1 reverse-herringbone layout. Window seats are angled toward the windows, while the middle seats are angled toward each other. Expect USB charging ports and international power outlets.
Lie Flat Routes: Miami (MIA) to San Juan (SJU), Philadelphia (PHL) to San Juan (SJU)
AA’s Boeing 767-300 business class isn’t nearly as nice as other international configuration aircrafts. However, the fully lie-flat seats on the older planes are a lot wider than a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner or an Airbus 330 aircraft. Unfortunately, these seats do not have in-flight entertainment screens. It’s unclear if the airline will hand out the IFE tablets on shorter routes.