Jet Airways July News Round-Up - Strong Load Factors and New Delhi Airport Terminal 3
21 July 2010 JET AIRWAYS CELEBRATES STRONG LOAD FACTORS AND CONTINUED GROWTH Jet Airways continues to capitalise on the resurgent trend in air travel, posting strong passenger load factors for June, marking the ninth month of consecutive growth. The Indian market leader recorded an impressive growth in seat factors which stood at a high of 82.2%. Jet Airways carried 364,594 revenue passengers internationally registering a buoyant 31% increase on the same period last year. Jet Airways, domestic passenger traffic also grew by 37.4% whilst JetLite, the wholly owned subsidiary of Jet Airways, posted an impressive 41% increase. Jet Airways and JetLite both also ranked amongst the top performing scheduled domestic airlines for ‘On Time Performance’ in June, as per figures released by the Director General of Civil Aviation in India. JET AIRWAYS JETS IN TO NEW DELHI TERMINAL 3 With the official opening of a new £2bn terminal at Indira Gandhi international airport in Delhi on 14 July, Indian market leader, Jet Airways, is poised to exploit its position from its expanding hub. India’s biggest public building, the new Terminal 3 is expected to handle 34 million passengers a year and is said to be the sixth biggest airport in the world. The build comes in advance of the Commonwealth Games, taking place in Delhi from 3-14 October 2010 and is just one of a multitude of ambitious projects designed to demonstrate India's new economic and political international weight. Jet Airways’ flight 9W261 from Kathmandu was one of the first flights to arrive at the new Terminal 3 at 1715 on 14 July, with flight 9W548 to Dubai one of the first international flights to depart at 1930. The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, said at the inauguration: "An airport is often the first introduction to a country. A good airport will signal a new India, committed to joining the ranks of modern industrialised nations." Indian civil aviation minister, Praful Patel is hopeful that India’s civil aviation sector will be among the top five in the world in the next five years, saying “We have been successful in bringing a revolution in India’s civil aviation sector in the last six years”. JET AIRWAYS BOOSTS AFRICA AND USA CONNECTIVITY WITH NEW CODE SHARE AGREEMENTS Jet Airways has signed a code share agreement with Kenya Airways, offering daily connectivity from Mumbai to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and enhancing its daily service to Johannesburg introduced in April. The carrier has also entered into a code share agreement with United Airlines, giving guests onward connections on transatlantic flights from London to Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, solidifying its position in the American market. The Kenya Airways agreement, effective 22 July, sees Jet Airways place its 9W code on Kenya Airways’ daily services between Mumbai and Nairobi, enabling Jet Airways’ guests to tap into the airline’s impressive network across Africa. Guests will also benefit from a network-wide frequent flyer partnership which will allow the programme members of both airlines to earn and redeem miles on the entire network of the other. Under the United Airlines agreement, effective 30 June 2010, Jet Airways is offering onward connections to 38 American cities from the five United hubs. Additionally, Jet Airways will place its flight code (9W) on United’s daily trans-Pacific services between Hong Kong and Chicago and San Francisco. United Airlines’ customers will enjoy greater connectivity across India. United Airlines’ code (UA) will appear on Jet Airways’ daily services between London and Mumbai, as well as between Hong Kong and Delhi and between Hong Kong and Mumbai. In addition, United will place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ domestic flights to five major cities in India, including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad and Kolkata via Mumbai. JET AIRWAYS KONNECT INTRODUCES DAILY SERVICES BETWEEN KOLKATA-RANCHI Jet Airways Konnect - Jet Airways’ all-economy service on key domestic routes – has introduced a daily service between Kolkata and Ranchi effective 23 June, taking the number of domestic destinations serviced by Jet Airways to 44. One of the hotbeds of the Indian IT sector, Kolkata offers onward connectivity to Mumbai and Delhi for guests travelling from the Jharkhand state capital of Ranchi. The new service further enhances Jet Airways’ domestic network and comes in response to growing demand for improved connectivity in the region. Jet Airways Konnect flight 9W 2856 from Kolkata to Ranchi departs Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport at 1435 hours, and arrives at Ranchi Airport at 1545 hours. Flight 9W 2857 departs Ranchi at 1615 hours and arrives Kolkata at 1725 hours. - ENDS - About Jet Airways Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 89 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 53 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 14 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 4.74 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleet in the world. Flights to 66 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including New York (both JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Sharjah, Dammam and Riyadh. Jet Airways (including its all-economy, no-frills Jet Airways Konnect service) operates over 390 flights daily. About Jet Airways Konnect/ Konnect Select services Jet Airways ‘Konnect Select’ services - a premium cabin for business and leisure travellers offering more flexibility, comfort and benefits, and Jet Airways Konnect services offering economy seats with value-for-money fares, for the low-fare segment - are available on key domestic routes, linking five major metros- Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata - with several destinations across India, operating over 200 flights daily. Jet Airways Konnect is Jet Airways’ all-economy service on key domestic routes, designed to meet the needs of the low-fare segment with value-for-money fares. Jet Airways Konnect links five major metros- Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata - with several destinations across India, operating over 195 flights daily. About Jetlite JetLite is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jet Airways India Ltd. and was acquired by Jet Airways in April 2007. Positioned as an all-economy, no-frills airline, JetLite operates a fleet of 24 aircraft, which includes 18 Boeing 737 series and 6 Canadian Regional Jets 200 Series. The airline flies to 28 domestic destinations and 2 international destinations (Kathmandu and Colombo), operating over 110 flights a day, on average. Jet Airways, Jet Airways Konnect, its all-economy, no-frills service, and Jetlite have a combined fleet strength of 113 aircraft and operate over 500 flights daily. For more information visit www.jetairways.com For further information, images or comments on any of these stories please contact Suzanne Holiday at Keene on 020 7839 2140 or email JetAirways@Keenepa.co.uk.