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Good Bye Jet Airways

Written by Jan Kotek.

Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER

JetAirways (9W/JAI) , the second largest air carrier in India, stopped all operations on April 17th 2019. The airline was operating on up to 37 domestic routes in India and 20 international. Its main hubs were in Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) and Bangalore (BLR).

Jet Airways was founded in April 1992. and it started operations in May 1993. They first operated with 24 Boeing 737 aircraft in classics versions: -300, -400 and -500. After that and until today, the airline operated with more then 100 New Generation Boeing 737 in versions: -700, -800 i -900, as well as 7 new Boeing 737 MAX8. Long haul routes were operated by 10 Boeing 777-300ERs (photo above), 4 Airbus A330-300s (photo above) and 14 Airbus A330-200s. Short regional routes were operated by additional 25 ATR-72s.

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Jet Airways purchased a small Indian regional air carrier Air Sahara (S2/RSH) 12 years ago, which was later renamed to JetLite (S2/JLL). In 2012. The name was changed again, this time into JetKonnect (S2/SLL). Beside Boeing aircraft, this regional air carrier also operated with Canadair CRJ-200s

Etihad Airways (EY/ETD), air carrier from United Arab Emirates, bought 24% stake in Jet Airways in November 2013. Dispite very strong and constantly growing business market in India, the partnership with Etihad Airways didn't bring expected results and strong position for the airline. Last year, this company fell into serious financial problems and didn't find the solution. Jet Airways is another air carrier that didn't reach the success with the investment of Etihad Airways. 

Most of domestic and intenational roues to neighbouring coutries in Middle East and Southeast Asia are already operated by other Indian air carriers, while long haul routes are operated by the national Air India (AI/AIC), member of Star Alliance.

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Photo © Marijo Dedić-Jandrek (AMS)