Jet Airways announces the induction of two new Airbus a330-300 into its fleet

Mumbai, 2012-12-12 — / — Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, today announced the planned induction of four new state-of-the-art Airbus A330-300 series aircraft into its fleet. The airline took delivery of one of these new aircraft today, from the manufacturer’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. The airline is expected to take delivery of an additional, brand new Airbus A330-300’s later this month. Thus marking the expansion of Jet Airways’ Airbus fleet, which currently has 11 Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

In keeping with the airline’s commitment to continually innovate and differentiate its product for a heightened in-flight experience, the first two of these brand new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, will replace the airlines two leased Airbus A300-200 aircraft. For the other 2 aircraft will progressively be deployed for the airlines international routes.

The first of the new series of Airbus A330-300 aircraft will commence commercial flight operations with effect from December 22, 2012. This flight will operate as 9W 228/227 on the Mumbai – Brussels – Mumbai sectors. Jet Airways’ new Airbus 330-300 will set new benchmarks in, in-flight comfort across both its seating classes.

With 259 Economy seats, the aircraft offers substantially more leg room in the Economy section and the all new Première (business class) seats have a contemporary ‘Contour Vantage 2’ seat control features with 34 all new air cushioned seats which are the embodiment of comfort.

The long haul Airbus A330-300 also features an advanced in-flight entertainment system that offers a range of the latest blockbuster movies and television programs. All these advanced features bear testimony to Jet Airways’ commitment to offer its guests an enriching in-flight experience, while delivering excellence in service quality through constant product innovation.

Expressing Jet Airways’ commitment to its guests, Sudheer Raghavan, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said, “We are committed to our guests and have continuously strived not only to transform the in-flight experience for them, but have also endeavored to set industry benchmarks in comfort, safety, security and convenience. A simple example is the new seat belts that incorporate an air bag for guest safety.

The Airbus A330 – 300 is also a more efficient aircraft in terms of operational costs and proven reliability, on long haul routes, thus helping the airline plan its international network.

‘With unmatched performance, unrivalled economics and reliability, the A330 is the ideal aircraft for medium to long haul routes said Dr. Kiran Rao, Airbus EVP Strategy, Sales and Marketing. “The A330 allows airlines to offer the latest in state of the art cabin products and this is amply demonstrated by Jet Airways in their new Première class (business cabin). We wish Jet Airways all the best as they expand with their fleet with one of the worlds most successful and comfortable wide-body aircraft.

The increased passenger capacity of an additional 73 seats (4 Première and 69 Economy seats) is a result of the stretched fuselage of the Airbus A330-300 at an extra 17.7 ft. This allows the Airbus A330’s to retain its level of comfort and significantly quieter cabin, making for a most relaxing flying experience.

The Première (business class) in the all new Airbus A330-300 comes with a horizontal flat bed for maximum comfort and more personal space for guests. The configuration of the Première (business class) cabin allows guests to choose between 2 individual seats, adjacent to each other. The all new Vantage 2 suite controls incorporated into the new Airbus A330-300 are equipped with Passenger Control Units (PCU) to activate various features and help the guests adjust to the most comfortable seating position. Pumped air lumbar support, with a massage feature further adds to the comfort of passengers. The newly designed Premiere seats boast individual stowage for guests, a cocktail table area on the side console, leather armrests, a robust table with simple deployment and individual in-flight entertainment through a 12.1” monitor.

These seats are arranged such that the foot wells for each are under the console of the seat in front, resulting in staggering space between each row of seats. The Première seats also feature a PC power socket and USB socket both of which can charge various electrical items.

A unique eXport socket located immediately below the video screen is for guests to plug-in their personal Apple devices such as iPods, iPads and iPhones allowing them to view their personal video content on the video screen and/or listen to music, while allowing for the device to be charged. For our specially abled guests, the dropping side arm in the seats adjacent to the aisle, assists guests to get in and out of their seats with absolute ease and comfort.

The Airbus A330-300 incorporates Airbus’ latest technology, which includes its digital fly-by-wire flight controls and lightweight composite structures in its airframe, adding to the operational efficiency of the aircraft. A lighter, brighter and more spacious cabin results from updated features that include smoother contours, new interior styling, state-of-the-art LED lighting and newly-designed air conditioning units adding to the comfort of the guests. Onboard mood lighting and advanced safety features like an inbuilt airbag within the seat belt in both the Première and the Economy add to guest security and safety. The Economy class will also offer new comfortable seats with improved in-flight entertainment system for a relaxed flying experience.

The Airbus A330-300, for optimal use in the long haul market will also provide Jet Airways with increased operational efficiency through lower costs. The new Airbus A330 -300 is a benchmark for continuous improvements ranging from weight reductions in the airframe bringing down fuel consumption costs to system improvements including engine upgrades and advanced navigation systems in the cockpit, all of which make for a memorable flying experience.

About Jet Airways: Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 99 aircraft, which include 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 11 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 60 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 18 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 6.06 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Flights to 73 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Brussels, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kathmandu, Kuwait, London (Heathrow), Milan, Muscat, New York (Newark), Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore and Toronto.

About JetKonnect: The new JetKonnect service is a dedicated product designed to meet the needs of the low fare segment. JetKonnect will also offer guests a Premiere service on nearly all domestic routes. With its mixed fleet of Boeings and ATR aircraft with over 500 daily flights connecting 52 destinations across India, JetKonnect provides more flexibility and choice to its guests. JetKonnect’s convenient schedules, reliable service and low fares promise to bring greater value and a seamless flying experience to our customers.