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Jet Airways makes Indian aviation history

Jet Airways has further consolidated its position in the Indian skies by flying a record 2 million guests in May 2011 – the highest number of passengers carried by any airline of Indian origin on its domestic and international network.

The airline flew a record 1.55 million guests on its domestic and international network; while JetLite flew an equally impressive 0.47 million.

This milestone is reached as Jet Airways reports a rise in total revenue as well as sustained passenger growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2011 (FY 2011).  Just rewards for the Indian carrier’s focus on delivering a world-class product and seamless service.

Commenting on the achievements, Jet Airways’ General Manager for the UK and Ireland, Lydia Nazareth, said the outlook is positive for this trend to continue through 2011. “Jet Airways’ international business continues to be robust with healthy seat factors.  Our Thailand route, is also experiencing good seat factors and an improved market share. Our European hubs have gone from strength to strength with the introduction of a daily non-stop service from Delhi to Milan last year, the only daily direct flight on the India-Italy route.

“Jet Airways saw an increase in market share to and from the UK to India at the end of the FY 2010/2011,” she concludes.

The strong results follow several consecutive quarters of consistent growth with seat factors above 80 per cent, reflecting the increasing impact of Jet Airways’ enhanced network synergies, customer centric product and service, as well as the emergence of the airline as the preferred choice for guests to and from the Indian subcontinent.   The Jet Group continues to maintain its leadership position in the Indian aviation industry with the highest market share of 25.4 per cent for the quarter ending March 2011.

FY 2011 Jet Airways Results in Summary:

  • Total revenue for the Jet Group was up by 20.3 per cent to RS 147,372 million (US$ 3,305)
  • The total number of passengers carried (14.67 million) increased by 21.4 per cent over the last year
  • The system wide seat factor for the year was an impressive 78.6 per cent

Jet Airways last month unveiled a new line of bespoke crockery from the house of William Edwards – one of Britain’s leading and awarded ceramic designers, part of the ongoing drive to re-define the in-flight experience.  Guests can also look forward to customising their meals to suit their tastes, choosing exactly what they would like to eat from a new range of Indian and international menu options introduced this month.

The FY 2011 figures come as further fuel to the mounting excitement surrounding the Indian aviation industry, expected to be the fastest growing civil aviation market in the world by 2020. This is also on the back of the growth of the Indian economy, high disposable incomes and rising middle class aspirations in India.

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