Jet Airways is getting their act together on their long-haul operations. The airline launched flights last year from Bangalore to Amsterdam, and Chennai to Paris. They also started a new flight between Mumbai and London, making their daily frequencies on that route to 3.
Now, they are getting more aggressive. Last night, first rumors started emerging that Jet Airways is considering flights between Mumbai to Manchester, and Mumbai and Sydney. This morning I had confirmation on the fact that the Mumbai to Manchester route was, in fact, a go. Since I was out in meetings, I put it out on Twitter first.
— Ajay Awtaney (@LiveFromALounge) May 18, 2018
It was then confirmed by Jet Airways, almost instantly.
On November 5, Jet Airways will start non-stop flights connecting Mumbai and Manchester. The new service is the first non-stop service connecting India via Mumbai with Manchester. Manchester will become the 21st international addition to Jet Airways’ network. It will be the airline’s fifth non-stop service to/from the UK.
The Mumbai-Manchester flight will operate four days every week on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday as per the following schedule.
9W130 BOM0230 – 0755MAN 332 1467
9W129 MAN0935 – 0040(+1)BOM 332 1467
The airline will use their Airbus A330-200 aircraft on this route. My assumption is, some Jet Airways A330-200 that was leased out to another airline is coming back to them, and they will use this aircraft to fly this route. You can read a full review of the A330-200 Business Class service here.
This won’t be the first time an Indian carrier has tapped into a secondary UK airport. For a long while, Air India has operated 1-stop flights between Amritsar & Birmingham as well, which recently went direct.
While it has not been announced, it seems Jet Airways is also considering launching a Mumbai – Sydney non-stop flight in December 2018, although more details are still forthcoming on this.
This is great news. The carrier, which was once shrinking, is on their growth path again. Moreover, between the better utilization of their aircraft fleet and new aircraft to enter service this year, there isn’t a better way to announce that you’ve survived and thrived for 25 years.
What new routes do you expect Jet Airways to open in the coming year?