A few months ago, we first wrote about Jet Airways plans to nix First Class on their Boeing 777ER fleet. The topic has been under discussion for a very long time, and today, Jet Airways has given the first firm hints about what their future plans as an airline are about First Class and premium cabins as a whole. Jet Airways First Class may finally be going away.
Today’s investor presentation gives us hints about Jet Airways‘ plans going forward. The airline states its intentions to move from 346 seats to 400 seats on the Boeing 77W aeroplanes in the year 2019.
While the airline does not clearly state how this will happen, there are two ways this will clearly go. The airline already operates a 10-abreast cabin in Economy, so there really is no more space in the back of the plane to add more seats. Let’s first have a look at the seat map.
First and foremost, the First Class suites will go away. Jet Airways‘ First Class Suites have been largely empty on most flights, and this leaves a lot of usable space on the plane empty for the carrier. Gone are the days of prestige and in come the days of being rational, so I am glad that Jet Airways finally will make this call (or has already made the call!)
However, that is not the only way that the airline will make the plane denser. The airline has a second clue in the investor presentation about this. Jet Airways states their intention to put in their flagship Business Class seat on the Boeing 77W fleet in 2019 as well. What is their flagship Business Class you may ask?
I suspect this is a codeword for the new staggered Business Class Jet Airways launched with the Airbus 333 planes inducted into their fleet in 2012. The new business class is space saving as compared to the herringbone seats which are currently fitted in the aircraft.
As a reminder, the airline was able to fit in 34 business class seats in the forward section of the Airbus A330-300 while the Airbus A330-200 only has 18 of the old herringbone business class seats in the forward section.
Jet Airways has given us all a one-year heads-up that they will be making their Boeing 777 planes denser in the premium cabins. So, if you want to fly them on the old herringbone seats or in First Class, you don’t have much longer to plan that ultimate flight.
What do you think of Jet Airways‘ plans for their Boeing 777 Fleet? Good or bad?