Jet Airways is India’s premier private airline. Naresh Goyal is currently the chairperson of Jet Airways, who is also the founder of the airline. It holds the distinction of being the second largest airline in India, next to Kingfisher. Jet Airways has won a number of awards in recognition of the world-class standards of its service. It has received the ISO 9001:2000 certification, for its in-flight services. Headquartered in Mumbai, Jet Airways also operates two low-cost airlines including JetLite (formerly known as Air Sahara) and Jet Airways Konnect. Check out the profile of Jet Airways, in the following lines.
Jet Airways was established on April 1, 1992, as an air taxi operator. The commercial airline operations of Jet Airways were started on May 5, 1993. The first fleet consisted of four leased Boeing 737-300 aircraft. In January 1994, the airline applied for scheduled airline status. In January 1995, after the Air Corporations Act (1953) was repealed, Jet Airways received its scheduled airline status. With a flight to Sri Lanka, in March 2004, Jet Airways started its international operations as well. Over the years, the airline has marked its presence both in domestic and international civil aviation industry.
JetLite And Jet Airways Konnect
In April 2007, Jet Airways took over Air Sahara, which was later on renamed as JetLite. Currently, JetLite is a subsidiary of Jet Airways. Two years after the inception of JetLite, Jet Airways introduced another low-cost airline to its Indian customers - Jet Airways Konnect. Started in May 2009, Jet Airways Konnect makes use of spare aircraft from Jet Airways' routes, which were continued by the parent company, due to the low passenger load factors. The airline also makes use of the same operator code as Jet Airways. However, Jet Airways and JetLite have different operator codes.
Initially, Jet Airways had a fleet of 4 Boeing 737-300 aircrafts, providing 24 daily flights and serving 12 destinations. Over the years, the airline increased its number of daily flights as well as the number of aircraft in its fleet. Currently, Jet Airways presently operates 55 aircrafts and is now a public limited company. Its fleet of 85 aircrafts includes 14 ATR 72-500, 12 Airbus A330-200, 13 Boeing 737-700, 34 Boeing 737-800, 2 Boeing 737-900 and 10 Boeing 777-300ER.
Jet Airways operates over 400 flights daily, to as many as 44 destinations in India. These include Hyderabad, Rajamundry, Tirupati, Guwahati, Jorhat, Patna, Chandigarh, Raipur, Diu, Delhi, Goa, Ahmadabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Porbunder, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jammu, Leh, Srinagar, Bangalore, Mangalore, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Indore, Khajuraho, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Imphal, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Agartala, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kolkata and Siliguri.
Jet Airways was the first private airline of India to fly to international destinations - it operates daily international flights to 20 international destinations, including Hong Kong, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat, Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Brussels, London, Toronto, New York and Newark.