In other news, Jet Airways is now chopping off international routes like the airline is going out of fashion. First it was the South African route that went away, then they withdrew the Brussels – New York JFK flight a while back. A route realignment here or there is not such a big deal in the scheme of things but I gave 9W the benefit of doubt. However, it now looks like the trickle is turning into a storm.
As per AirlineRoute.net, Jet Airways has decided to pull the plug on the MAA-BRU segment as well after it withdrew from BRU-JFK earlier in September 2012. The airline has stopped selling tickets for MAA-BRU flights from 15 November 2012 onwards, which it used to service on an Airbus 330-200 plane.
Hazarding a guess, I suspect that Jet Airways did not see much traffic from MAA willing to go into BRU as origination & destination traffic, and flying to Newark may not have been such a popular option after all for their Indian following. However, Newark may have been continued as a station because Jet Airways has also made investment in physical infrastructure there like their own lounge.
With this, two A330-200 planes will be eased out from the TATL service. Also, 9W is expected to receive their first A330-300 in October 2012. Anyone hazard a guess on future plans? Also, with only 4 planes crossing paths at Brussels, is the scissor hub worth much now?
Update: Apparently I was not keeping track. The first A330-200 I mentioned in the paragraph above is already out and on lease to Etihad. Leaves them with one more which will free up and perhaps head out on a lease to someone soon!