New Delhi: Jet Airways, the country’s top private airline, will launch its long-planned maiden flight to the US via Belgium by July-August this year and make Ahmedabad the fourth Indian city in its network to have direct flights to London’s Heathrow airport from 3 April.
The carrier had earlier decided to start the Mumbai-Brussels-Newark flight on 15 August, but efforts are now being made to advance the launch date, highly-placed sources in the airline said.
The flight, to be operated by a Boeing-777 aircraft with a three-class configuration, may have an inaugural offer of an economy class return ticket at Rs45,000 plus taxes. The First Class return fare till the US would be Rs3.45 lakh and the Premium Class Rs1.48 lakh, the sources said, adding that the Mumbai-Brussels-Newark flight would be a daily service.
The Ahmedabad-London Heathrow flight would be launched on 3 April as a twice-a-week service, but the frequency would be increased to thrice a week from 1 May. It already operates to London from Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar.
The initial economy return fare on this sector would be an attractive Rs 22,000 plus taxes only, they said, adding this inaugural fare was likely to be valid for a month.
This flight would be operated by a wide-bodied Airbus A 330-200 aircraft having 30 Premier (business) class and 196 economy class seats.
Among the freebies to be offered on this flight is a chauffeur-driven pickup and drop for business class passengers at London within a 50 mile radius.
Jet, which also plans to start operations to the Gulf when the government gives permission, has a fleet of 62 aircraft with their average age being little over five years.
Currently, only the state-owned Indian and Air India are permitted to operate to the highly-attractive Gulf region.
Jet’s international network now comprises London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Colombo and Kathmandu. It operates 340 flights a day and covers 50 destinations in the country and abroad.