Mumbai - Jet Airways, India's premier full-service international airline, will introduce three new international services to its already extensive global network this winter, besides reinforcing six existing routes with additional frequencies to meet growing travel demand.
The carrier will introduce its first non-stop service between the capital cities of New Delhi and Riyadh. It will also deploy additional frequencies on the Mumbai-Riyadh, Mumbai-Kuwait, Delhi-Doha and Delhi-Dammam sectors as it deepens presence and connectivity between key Indo-Gulf cities.
Effective October 29, 2017, new non-stop flights will commence connecting Bengaluru and Chennai to the airline's gateways in Amsterdam and Paris, respectively, as part of the carrier's strategy to connect more cities, especially in the South of the country to destinations in Europe and North America. The airline is the first to operate flights on these routes which, along with a third daily flight on the increasingly popular Mumbai-London sector, will give guests a greater choice of convenient connections to other European cities and destinations in North America.
The new intercontinental services to Amsterdam and Paris will operate in codeshare with KLM, Air France and Delta Air Lines. Guests who are members of Frequent Flyer programmes of the codeshare partners - JetPrivilege (JP), Flying Blue and SkyMiles will also be able to easily accrue and redeem points on each other.
Jet Airways will deploy its Airbus A330 aircraft on the Chennai-Paris and Bengaluru-Amsterdam routes for a relaxed and enjoyable flying experience. The A330 features a spacious cabin with ergonomically-designed seats having ample leg-room, lie-flat beds in Premiere, award-winning inflight entertainment as well as a carefully-curated menu of fine-dining choices, surrounded with all the comforts associated with long-haul, international travel – together with the airline's acclaimed spirit of Indian hospitality.
Responding to growing demand, Jet Airways is also adding new frequencies on certain select routes, including the extremely popular Mumbai-London Heathrow as well as Delhi-Singapore, further enhancing connectivity and choice for guests travelling between North India, United Kingdom and South East Asia.
Air travel between India and the United Kingdom has shown a steady annual growth of nearly 10 percent over the last few years. The new flight, will be Jet Airways' third daily frequency between Mumbai and London, a first by any Indian airline and will boost Jet Airways' passenger and cargo capacity between India and the United Kingdom by almost 33 percent, allowing it to capitalise on the growing, round-the-year demand being witnessed from EU and non-EU countries to India and other emerging economies, on the back of fast expanding relationships in the areas of trade, commerce, tourism, culture, and, education.
This new flight will enable Jet Airways to offer onward connectivity over London Heathrow to North America with codeshare partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic to as many as 14 destinations including Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Washington DC.
The airline will deploy its biggest aircraft – Boeing 777-300ER with a three-class configuration including, its award-winning 'First Class' Private Suites, 180° lie-flat beds for Business travellers and ergonomically designed Economy seating, on the new frequency.
Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said, "Jet Airways' network will see new introductions, in Europe and the Gulf that will strengthen our commitment to provide our guests with wider choice, convenience and connectivity over our hubs in Mumbai and Delhi and onwards onto our international network, with our codeshare partners. Our new non-stop services will also help us cater to the growing international traffic from/to Bengaluru and Chennai. Moreover, guests choosing to travel with us will experience the best inflight hospitality by India's premier international airline."
From October 29, 2017, Jet Airways 9W 510 will depart from Delhi at 23:00 hrs and arrive into Riyadh at 01:35 hrs (local time). The return flight, Jet Airways 9W 509 will depart from Riyadh at 03:10 hrs (LT) and arrive into Delhi at 09:45 hrs (LT).
One of the most modern cities in the Gulf, Riyadh is the capital and financial center of Saudi Arabia - India's fourth-largest trading partner. Traffic to India increasingly comprises leisure seekers and those travelling for medical purposes. The new service from Delhi and twin frequencies from Mumbai will help to meet this growing travel demand.
In fact, guests from Riyadh can leverage Jet Airway's 44-city pan-India network or its international connectivity to Bangkok, Colombo, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Kathmandu and Singapore via the airline's hubs in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
Guests arriving into Riyadh can travel across Saudi Arabia and beyond, using the robust network of Jet Airways interline partners - Saudi Arabian Airlines and Flynas.
Operating five days a week on the Chennai-Paris sector, 9W 128 will depart Chennai on October 29, 2017 at 01:45 hrs (LT) and arrive in Paris at 08:10 hrs. Jet Airways' 9W 127 will depart from Paris at 10:10 hrs (LT), and arrive in Chennai at 00:15hrs (LT).
On the Bengaluru-Amsterdam route, Jet Airways 9W 236 will depart Bengaluru at 02:25 hrs. (LT) and arrive in Amsterdam at 08:35 hrs (LT). On the return leg, the daily service, 9W 235 will depart from Amsterdam at 10:50hrs (LT) to arrive at Bengaluru at 00:40 hrs (LT).
The introduction of direct intercontinental flights will not only boost corporate and leisure travel but also contribute to significant growth in cross border trade and commerce. Guests returning to Chennai and Bengaluru from Europe can leverage the airline's extensive connectivity into Southern India from its network of 44 domestic destinations.
Effective October 29, 2017, and as part of the airline's forthcoming winter schedule, the new daytime service between Mumbai and London, 9W 116 will depart from Mumbai at 0905 hrs to arrive in London Heathrow at 1335 hrs (local time). On its return, 9W 115 will leave London Heathrow at 1530 hrs (local time) and land in Mumbai at 0555 hrs.
Also commencing on October 29, 2017, Jet Airways service between Mumbai and Riyadh, 9W 520, will depart Mumbai at 03:00 hrs (LT) and arrive in Riyadh at 05:05 hrs (LT). On its return leg, Jet Airways 9W 519 will depart from Riyadh at 06:10 hrs (LT) and arrive into Mumbai at 12:30 hrs (LT).
Jet Airways will commence its second frequency between Mumbai and Kuwait. Jet Airways 9W 572 will depart for Kuwait from Mumbai at 2205 hrs (LT) and arrive at its destination at 0005 hrs (LT). On its return leg, flight 9W 571 will depart from Kuwait at 0105 hrs (LT) and arrive into Mumbai at 0715 hrs (LT).
Commencing its second daily frequency between New Delhi and Doha, Jet Airways 9W 202 will depart from New Delhi at 2350 hrs (LT) and arrive into Doha at 0145 hrs (LT). Returning from Doha, Jet Airways 9W 201 will depart for New Delhi at 0245 hrs (LT) and arrive at its destination at 0840 hrs (LT).
The New Delhi-Dammam service, Jet Airways 9W 518, will depart from New Delhi at 2200 hrs (LT) and arrive into Dammam at 0015 hrs (LT). Returning from Dammam, Jet Airways 9W 517 will depart at 0115 hrs (LT) and arrive into New Delhi at 0730 hrs. This will be airline's second frequency on the New Delhi – Dammam sector.
From October 29, 2017, Jet Airways will operate its second daily frequency between New Delhi and Singapore. Jet Airways 9W 20 will depart from Delhi at 0105 hrs (LT) and arrive into Singapore at 0925 hrs (LT). On its return leg, Jet Airways 9W 19 will depart from Singapore at 1115 hrs (LT) and arrive into Delhi at 1450 hrs (LT).