Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline is all set to introduce the country’s first non-stop service between Mumbai and Manchester effective November 5, 2018. The airline’s latest service connecting India via its commercial capital, with Manchester – the 3rd largest city in the UK will further strengthen Jet Airways’ connect with the United Kingdom (UK). Jet Airways will deploy a wide body A330-200 with 254 seating for the service, which will now operate five days a week including Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Manchester will become the 21st international addition to the Jet Airways network and with the introduction of this new flight – the carrier’s 5th non-stop service to/from the UK, Jet Airways will also become the largest carrier between Mumbai and the UK.
Jet Airways and Marketing Manchester have organised a series of roadshows in order to promote awareness about the new non-stop service among the industry and other travel/ trade bodies and partners. Marketing Manchester is the agency charged with promoting Greater Manchester on the national and international stage to visitors, investors, conference organisers and students.
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 45 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’ flight 9W 130 will depart from Mumbai at 0230 hrs and arrive in Manchester’s Terminal 2 at 0755 hrs (Local time). The return flight, 9W 129 will depart from Manchester at 0930 hrs (Local time) and arrive in Mumbai’s Terminal 2 at 0040 hrs.
Marnix Fruitema, Executive Vice President – Commercial, Jet Airways said, “Our new 5 days-a-week non-stop service brings Manchester into our global network, expanding our footprint as well as the choice of connectivity to and from the United Kingdom for our guests. The new service will enable Jet Airways to offer over 8,500 seats every week, making it increasingly convenient for business guests, leisure travelers as well as students, to travel between India and the UK, strengthening commerce as well as tourism ties between the two countries. Guests can also avail the advantages of various Jet Airways’ programmes such as eduJetter and JetEscapes to make their journeys more enriching.”
Manchester – the fastest growing UK city outside of London is also Europe’s second largest digital hub, a hotbed of arts and culture, and home to world-class universities and research centres. Its accolades include being named the UK’s Greatest Sporting City [ESPN]; number one European city for Business Friendliness [fDi Magazine]; and a top 10 global destination for foreign direct investment [IBM].