New JetAirways Flights
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Jet Airways is planning to expand its fleet by 40 per cent to 117 planes in the next three years.
The carrier flies to 60 destinations currently and launched a new route from its base in Mumbai to Bangkok on Wednesday.
The carrier currently has a fleet of 81 planes, including 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, eight Airbus A330-200 and 9 Avions de Transport Regional, or ATR, turboprops. The average age of its planes is 4.3 years.
The new Mumbai-Bangkok route will have one flight a day and raises the company's total flights to Bangkok to 24 a week.Jet, which competes with carriers such as Air India, Kingfisher Airlines and Singapore Airlines, launched New Delhi-Bangkok and Kolkata-Bangkok routes last year using Boeing 737-800 planes.
Also planned are New Delhi-Hong Kong and Mumbai-Shanghai- San Francisco flights, slated to start in July.
The airline, which bought budget operator Sahara Airlines in April last year for 14.5 billion India rupees and renamed it JetLite, is also planning to launch an international low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia.
In its stepped expansion of its fleet, Jet Airways plans to have 92 planes by March 2009, 106 by March 2010 and 117 by March 2011, Oh said.