Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will upgrade its daily flights between Singapore and Mumbai by deploying its state-of-the-art Airbus A330-200 aircraft, effective June 1, 2016. The upgrade to a wide body aircraft will result in a 50 per cent increase in seat capacity, compared with the Boeing 737 currently operating on this route, thus enabling seamless wide body connections for guests from Melbourne / Sydney / Brisbane / Perth to Mumbai, over Singapore, in conjunction codeshare partner carriers.
The A330-200 offers guests a customised two-cabin seating configuration of 18 seats in Premiere and 236 in Economy. This upgrade to a wide body operation between Singapore and Mumbai follows the recent deployment of an A330 on the Singapore – Delhi route, demonstrating the growing importance of business and leisure traffic between the two countries.
The aircraft upgrade will enable guests travelling from the cities in Australia to Mumbai, over Singapore, to experience enhanced cabin comfort on board the wide-body jet. Additionally, guests on inbound flights from Melbourne / Sydney / Brisbane / Perth over Singapore will be able to avail convenient onward connections to key destinations across Jet Airways’ domestic network and beyond to international cities from Mumbai.
Jet Airways flight 011 will depart Singapore at 2005 hrs (Local Time), allowing for connectivity for guests from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on Qantas’ codeshare flights. On arrival in Mumbai at 2305 hrs, guests will be able to connect to over 48 destinations across India on its extensive domestic network. On the return, flight 9W 010 will depart Mumbai at 0955 hrs and arrive Singapore at 1810 hrs (LT), perfectly timed to provide seamless connections onto Qantas’ evening flights into Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Colin Neubronner, Senior VP, Marketing and Sales, Jet Airways, said: “We are delighted to announce the deployment of spacious and modern wide body aircraft on the highly popular Singapore – Mumbai – Singapore route, which has been necessitated due to growing traffic demand in the premium segment. This sector has seen a growth in traffic by over 34 per cent in last two years, particularly among business travellers.”
“As Jet Airways is a reciprocal partner of the Qantas Frequent Flyer programme, the combination of wide body services to India, in addition to the frequent flyer program benefits, ensures Jet Airways remains the carrier of choice for the business traveller to India and beyond. The Singapore-Mumbai sector has seen a steady growth in traffic connecting from Melbourne / Sydney / Brisbane / Perth in Australia with the airline’s seamless codeshare connectivity partnership with Qantas growing in popularity. The combination of comfort and luxury from wide body services and attractive frequent flyer benefits makes Jet Airways the perfect option for travellers from Australian cities to India and beyond.”
Jet Airways’ capacity addition comes at a time when India’s bilateral trade and investment with Singapore and Australia is on a growth curve. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Singapore in 2015 was an impressive USD 11 billion, covering sectors such as information technology, real estate, construction, renewable energy and pharmaceuticals.
India is Australia’s seventh largest trading partner. Two-way trade in goods and services between the two countries has grown significantly in the last decade and now stands over USD 11 billion.
The additional capacity will also provide further impetus to growing tourism between Singapore and India.
The A330 offers guests Jet Airways’ award-winning in-flight experience, enhanced cabin comfort, and with the promise of the famed ‘Bed in the Clouds’ experience for the airline’s Premiere guests. Set in a unique herringbone layout, each of the 18 seats in the Premiere cabin electronically open out to a 180 degree flat bed with lumbar support and massage systems. Every Première seat is an aisle seat which offers guests a personal space and comfort to work and rest.
The Jet Airways Economy cabin on board the Airbus A330 is fitted with ergonomically-designed seating for a comfortable and relaxing journey in a spacious cabin.
Fine dining experience on board Jet Airways’ international services include delectable Indian and international meal options along with a carefully selected list of fine wines and spirits.
Every seat on Jet Airways’ A330 offers a wide choice of on-demand video and audio entertainment options including Bollywood and Hollywood films, television shows and a selection on music channels with Indian and world music genres.