Jet Airways to deploy wide body aircraft on congested domestic routes


NEW DELHI: Jet Airways will use wide body aircraft for some domestic flights on congested domestic routes. Aviation minister Jayant Sinha had on last Friday told TOI that the ministry was keen on airlines using bigger equipment on India’s busiest route: Delhi-Mumbai, due to serious congestion at Mumbai airport.

“Jet Airways is set to introduce wide-body services on the busiest domestic routes. Beginning October 30, Jet will expand its wide body wings with 9W 346/362 on the Mumbai-Delhi-Mumbai and with 9W 907/946 on the Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi routes, which will significantly boost its capacity on these key sectors. In fact, introducing the A330 will nearly double Jet Airways’ current capacity on the fast growing Delhi – Kolkata – Delhi route,” a statement from Jet Airways said.

“Departing from Mumbai for Delhi at 7.30 am, flight 9W 346 will offer comfortable same day returns for guests on its return leg from Delhi as 9W 362, at 5.45 pm,” it added.

Jet’s chief commercial officer Jayaraj Shanmugam said: “The Indian domestic sector is witnessing breakneck growth in demand. Our fleet mix comprising both wide body and narrow body aircraft is our strength and enables us to respond to market conditions and provide enhanced travel options to our guests. The new flights and additional frequencies in our winter schedule further strengthen our robust domestic network, and offer our guests additional choice and flexibility to plan their travel. Deployment of wide body in domestic sectors provides us additional capacity on these key routes.

The winter schedule will also see Jet Airways introduce a fifth daily frequency between Delhi and Kolkata, in addition to the wide body A330 service, while further enhancing its early morning connections by commencing a third daily service from Bengaluru to Kolkata. The new frequency, together with the wide-body service between Delhi and Kolkata will cater to corporate and business traffic allowing busy executives convenient, same day returns while traveling between these cities,” the Jet statement said.