JetBlue Retires First Aircraft

After 23 years, JetBlue said goodbye to its first aircraft, N503JB Bluebird.

The Airbus A320-200 was delivered to JetBlue in December 1999 and has since carried passengers across the network.

The aircraft also wore a handful of tail designs during its time in the air, initially with the Stripes tail design and lastly with the Blueberries tail design.

Tail designs have been a vital part of the identity at JetBlue and make spotting the aircraft at airports all the more fun.

JetBlue has a fleet of 283 in-service aircraft. N503JB was its oldest before being removed. The Airbus A320-200 fleet has an average age of 17.8 years; meanwhile, the E190s are 14.8 years.

As part of the continued commitment to being more efficient, the company has acquired A321neos alongside A220-300s with an age of 2.4 years and 1.4 years, respectively.


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