One of my pet peeves with my most frequently used airline, Jet Airways is that they don’t invest enough in building up their fleet. While they’ve been focussing on going abroad from India, somewhere down the line they ceded their inside India advantage to Indigo and the other no-frills carriers.
Jet Airways had placed an order for 75 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which they had confirmed at the Dubai Airshow in 2015. These planes will be delivered to Jet Airways as of 2018 onwards. We are hoping Jet Airways would use the opportunity to deliver a newer and better passenger experience to their customers on the new planes. Most of these planes should be used to replace old planes given the average age of their narrow-body fleet is approximately 8 years now. Heck, they still fly a Boeing 737 from October 2002 as well.
Now, Jet Airways has also confirmed that they are in conversations to place the order for more aeroplanes as well. This was something that was known inside the trade for a while but finally has been confirmed by the airline yesterday. As per the CEO Vinay Dube,
We are planning to order 75-100 narrow-bodied aircraft. We plan to place an order by the end of this year. Today we have around 90 narrow-bodied aircraft. We are yet to decide on who to place the order with.
This should supplement the other order in terms of expanding capacity inside the country. Jet Airways cannot look the other way anyway, given Indigo is expanding at an unprecedented pace, with over 450 Airbus 320/320N/321 on order from Airbus, and SpiceJet recently placed an order for 200 aeroplanes from Boeing as well.
The induction of new planes could hopefully swing the opinion of passengers about Jet Airways’ Passenger Experience. A frequent flyer program, an international network and a good domestic network make them my go-to airline, but the seats are getting old and the food is getting worse, and I hope Jet Airways will also use the opportunity to refresh their passenger experience.