Pursuing its expansion plans after its bid for takeover of Air Sahara failed, Jet Airways has decided to launch a new Amritsar-London service from August the 4th. According to the Press Trust of India the new flight from Amritsar will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1335 hours, airline sources said, adding that a leased Airbus A-330, with 30 business class seats and 196 economy seats, will operate on the route.
The private sector carrier follows the footsteps of Air India in tapping the burgeoning air travel market in Punjab.
Jet Airways also plans to launch a New Delhi-Singapore flight from September the 6th with a Boeing 737-800. This will be a morning service starting at 0830 hours.
The sources said that Jet also planned to launch a second Mumbai-London flight on July 10, with an A-340 aircraft.
Jet already operates to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Colombo from Chennai and to Kathmandu from Delhi.
Air Sahara, which recently launched an attractive return fare of Rs 8,500 (US$185) plus taxes on the New Delhi-Singapore route, also plans to start its New Delhi-London flight by this month end. Soon after the Rs 23 billion acquisition deal by Jet Airways fell through, Air Sahara relaunched its ‘Sixer’ scheme offering six economy tickets on any of its domestic sector at Rs 26,000.
Meanwhile, Jet Airways has appointed Werner Borchert as its Vice President (flight operations).
“Borchert comes with over 20 years of international experience in airline business,” Jet informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.