Jet Airways on November 5, 2018 commenced its new nonstop service between Mumbai and Manchester, further expanding the airline’s connectivity in the United Kingdom (UK).
This new service is the first nonstop service connecting India, via its economic capital with Manchester, the third largest city in the United Kingdom.
Jet Airways is now the largest carrier between Mumbai and the UK and Manchester, the 21st international destination on the carrier’s network.
Ahead of the launch of its inaugural service from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Jet Airways conducted a multi-faith prayer followed by a ceremonial lamp lighting ceremony to mark the occasion of its maiden Mumbai – Manchester flight.
This inaugural function was led by Mr Raj Sivakumar – Senior Vice-President, Worldwide Sales & Distribution, Jet Airways; Mr. Tom Mottershead, Deputy Director for Trade and Innovation, British Deputy High Commission; dignitaries and invitees from airport (MIAL) graced the occasion. The lamp – lighting ceremony was followed by inauguration of the check- in counter marked by a symbolic ribbon cutting. The airline felicitated the first guest to check in by handing over a boarding pass and by a floral presentation.
The airline’s first flight to Manchester 9W 130, departed on schedule from Mumbai at 0230 hrs, operated by its modern wide body Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The flight arrived at Manchester’s Terminal 2 at 0755 hrs (Local time). The return flight, 9W 129 departed from Manchester at 0935 hrs (Local time) and arrived at Mumbai’s Terminal 2 at 0040 hrs.
Since announcing the new service in May this year, the airline has been working to strengthen additional connectivity choices for guests arriving in Manchester, who can now connect onwards to North America and Europe or even within the UK, via flights with Jet Airways’ partner carriers including Virgin Atlantic, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France and other interline partners. Jet Airways’ guests and those of certain partner carriers will also be able to enjoy mutual earn and burn of miles on each other frequent flyer programmes as per agreement between the respective airlines.
Conversely, guests flying via Mumbai will be able to access Jet Airways’ network of 46 destinations within India. Similarly, quick connections to beyond points on Jet Airways’ international network such as Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu, will now be available. Some of the domestic destinations to which the new service will seamlessly connect to from Mumbai include Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhuj, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Nagpur, Raipur, Rajkot, Udaipur, and Vadodara.
Jet Airways’ A330-200 aircraft with 254 seats including 18 in Première will operate on this new sector.
The new service will complement the carrier’s existing thrice daily nonstop services between Mumbai – London Heathrow, and a daily service between Delhi – London Heathrow. The launch of the new service comes one year after the airline launched 3 new international services last year on October 29, 2018, to Amsterdam, Paris and London from Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai respectively.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Jet Airways): Jet Airways Airbus A330-202 VT-JWQ (msn 956) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937746.
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