Subject to government approval, low-cost US carrier JetBlue has confirmed plans to launch flights from Boston and New York to London in 2021.

Marking its first European venture. the airline says it hopes to launch “multiple” daily services from both cities using a single-aisle Airbus A321LR.

JetBlue is confident that its popular Mint business class – with its lie-flat beds and superior food – will entice corporate travellers away from larger and more traditional rivals

Although nothing is yet set in stone, JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes has hinted that the carrier could look at London airports other than Heathrow, particularly Gatwick and Stansted.

The airline says launching transatlantic flights is “the next natural step” in its nearly 20-year history. It began flying to international destinations 15 years ago and now operates services to the Caribbean and South America, reaching as far as Ecuador and Peru.

Further details will be announced in the coming months.