Jet Air gets royal welcome at Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, April 23, 2008
Jet Airways, India’s largest privately-owned airline, on Wednesday received a grand welcome from Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) as the carrier landed in Abu Dhabi, its first destination in the UAE.
The inaugural non-stop flight, which departs from Mumbai at 21:35 (local time) and arrives into Abu Dhabi at 23:25 (LT) will depart from Abu Dhabi at 00:15 (LT), arriving in Mumbai at 04:50(LT).
From the Indian capital, New Delhi, another aircraft will depart at 21:00 (LT) and arrive in Abu Dhabi – shortly after the Mumbai flight - at 23:35 (LT). The return flight departs Abu Dhabi at 00:25 (LT) and lands in New Delhi at 05:20 (LT).
From today, both routes will offer non-stop, daily flights from Abu Dhabi to India’s commercial and administrative capitals.
With Jet Airways' entry into Abu Dhabi, the total number of nternational carriers operating from the UAE capital’s airport has risen to 37.
The increase in services on two key routes between India and Abu Dhabi is expected to attract immediate interest from travelers in both countries.
“Abu Dhabi and India enjoy a long, close history in relation to matters of trade, growth, commerce and more recently tourism,” said Mohammed Al Bulooki, Adac director of marketing & communications.
“We are happy that Abu Dhabi has been selected by Jet Airways as its first destination into the UAE, and we are certain that these services will benefit both UAE and Indian businesses, expatriate residents and tourists alike,” Al Bulooki added.
Echoing Adac sentiment of the close ties between the two countries, Fareed Al Alawi, vice president - Middle East of Jet Airways, said: “International air services are the backbone of progress and we are confident that Jet Airways flights into Abu Dhabi will further strengthen the existing bond between Abu Dhabi, the UAE and India.”
“This greater air connectivity between the two countries will undoubtedly fuel regional growth in trade and investment,” added Al Alawi.
The airline has also launched an introductory offer (one-way) of Dh450 ($122.5) for Mumbai sector and Dh500 ($136) for New Delhi sector with many connecting flights to cities within India costing around Dh250 extra.
Return economy fares start at Dh1,000 to Mumbai and Dh 1,100 for Delhi. Fares in Premiere, Jet Airways’ business class, start at Dh1,700 for one-way and Dh2,500 for a return ticket to Mumbai. Premiere fares for Delhi are Dh1,750 one-way and Dh2,550 return. All fares are exclusive of taxes.
Since its inception in 1993, Jet Airways has undergone rapid growth from domestic to international carrier and its dynamic expansion was underlined again early this year by becoming the first private airline to connect India and the Gulf Region.-TradeArabia News Service