Jet Airways

Jet Airways Awards Are Now Bookable On Delta’s Website!

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India-based Jet Airways changed up their North America routes early last year, given that the airline has been bleeding money for a long time. The airline used to have a mini-hub in Brussels, and operated flights from Newark and Toronto to Brussels, with connecting flights to Delhi and Mumbai.

In theory it seemed like an efficient network, since the flights were timed so that travelers could transfer from Newark and Toronto to either Delhi or Mumbai, and vice versa. Unfortunately the bigger problem was that without nonstop flights between North America and India, they didn’t really have a competitive advantage over any other airline offering one stop service between the regions.

So they changed up their strategy, and eliminated Brussels as a hub. They discontinued flights to Newark altogether, and kept operating a flight to Toronto, except via Amsterdam instead of Brussels. As part of this, the airline launched a strategic partnership with Delta and KLM, with extensive codesharing.

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Coming Soon: Earn & Redeem Delta Miles On All Jet Airways Flights

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India-based Jet Airways changed up their North America routes earlier this year, given that the airline has been bleeding money for a long time. The airline used to operate a mini-hub out of Brussels, and operated flights from Newark and Toronto to Brussels, with connecting flights to Delhi and Mumbai.

In theory it seemed like an efficient network, since the flights were timed so that travelers could transfer from Newark and Toronto to either Delhi or Mumbai, and vice versa. Unfortunately the bigger problem was that without nonstop flights between North America and India, they didn’t really have a competitive advantage over any other airline offering one stop service between the regions.

So they changed up their strategy, and eliminated Brussels as a hub. They discontinued flights to Newark altogether, and kept operating a flight to Toronto, except via Amsterdam instead of Brussels. As part of this, the airline launched a strategic partnership with Delta and KLM, with extensive codesharing.

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Amazing Deal: ~$800 Business Class Fare Roundtrip From Europe To Canada

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Jet Airways has published an extremely low business class fare between Warsaw and Toronto. The roundtrip fare is ~800USD including all taxes and fees. The flight between Warsaw and Amsterdam is on LOT in business class, while the transatlantic flight is on Jet Airways (until recently they flew between Brussels and Toronto, but they switched their service to Amsterdam).

The fare is available through the end of the schedule, though there’s a six day minimum stay required on the fare. The ticket is bookable on Expedia, or any other major online travel agency.

Jet Airways has a fully flat business class product in a staggered configuration. The product is very similar to what you’ll find on Austrian, Delta, Swiss, etc. I flew them a few years back from Toronto and Brussels, and enjoyed my flight.

The fare going in the other direction is more than twice as much, and Warsaw seems to be the only origination city with a fare this low. If you’re interested in the fare I’d book as soon as possible, as I imagine it won’t stick around for long. Keep in mind that if you book through an online travel agency you’ll have 24 hours to cancel your ticket, should you decide not to take the trip.

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A Jet Airways Crew Was Suspended Over WHAT?!

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Well this is just plane plain ridiculous. Via The Times Of India, a Jet Airways crew has been suspended after a famous Bollywood star sang on a plane.

This happened on a January 4 flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai, when Sonu Nigam was asked to sing for passengers over the PA. Furthermore, this was a charter flight, and allegedly all passengers on board knew each other and wanted him to sing, so he obliged.

Here’s a video of him singing on the flight:

Unfortunately the relevant Indian authorities weren’t happy with this “misuse” of the in-flight announcement system, and demanded that the cabin crew on the flight be suspended:

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Jet Airways Cuts Brussels, Launches New Delta Partnership

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Jet Airways, the Indian airline which is partly owned by Etihad, has long had an interesting mini-hub in Brussels. Their North American destinations include Newark and Toronto, though they only serve them through Brussels. From there the flights continue to Delhi and Mumbai.

It’s a really cool setup since all four flights arrive and depart in Brussels within minutes of one another. So for an hour you have four Jet Airways A330s on the ground in Brussels, and then they don’t see another Jet Airways plane for another 23 hours.

It’s pretty cool to be able to fly Jet Airways just between Toronto or Newark and Brussels, and beyond that it’s a pretty cool setup to time flights so that you can basically fly from two points in North America to two points in India with just one stop.

However, some changes are occurring. Jet Airways has been suffering financially for quite a while, and apparently is losing a significant amount of money on these routes.

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Jet Airways A330 Business Class

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Good morning from Brussels! As I outlined yesterday, I just flew from Toronto to Brussels on Jet Airways in business class. While Jet Airways isn’t in oneworld, they are an AAdvantage partner airline, so you can redeem American miles for travel on Jet Airways.

Jet Airways is known to be one of the better airlines in India, and back in the day was the only airline to serve Dom Perignon in business class. Unfortunately they’ve gone through some serious financial woes over the past few years, and based on what I had heard, service reflected that.

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Jet Airways And Qatar Airways Business Class Are Next!

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One suggestion I frequently get is to review more business class products, since they’re more attainable than first class for the average miles & points collector. And I’ve been making a real effort to do that.

— I did a US Airways 90,000 mile business class award over the summer which included travel on LOT, Swiss, Ethiopian, and Lufthansa.
— I flew La Compagnie “business class.”
— I flew TAP business class to Portugal.
— I flew Icelandair business class.
— I flew Singapore Airlines business class.

And I’m continuing the trend.

As some of you may recall, back in June I had plans to fly to Doha for the inaugural Qatar Airways A380 flight to London Heathrow. Of course that was before His Excellency perpetually delayed the inaugural, to the point that they’ll be lucky if they take delivery of their first A380 this year.

My original plan was to fly to Doha via Brussels using American miles, trying out both Jet Airways’ business class and Qatar Airways’ business class. I was probably as excited about those flights as I was about the prospect of flying Qatar Airways’ A380 in first class, since they both seem like really solid business class products. As a result I was pretty sad when I canceled that trip.

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Jet Airways Flight Drops 5,000 Feet

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There has been a story circulating about a Jet Airways 777-300ER flight from Mumbai to Brussels which dropped 5,000 feet over Turkey airspace. I’ve seen some reports suggesting the plane “dived” or “plummeted,” but I see nothing suggesting that was the case. It is an interesting story, though.

Via The Times Of India:

“A Jet Airways aircraft winging its way from Mumbai to Brussels last Friday suddenly dropped 5,000 feet in the Ankara airspace over Turkey. The commander of the Boeing 777 aircraft was taking ‘controlled rest’, which means a nap as per rules. The aviation regulator is now probing if the co-pilot too had dozed off.”

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Air India Vs. Jet Airways First Class: Time To Compare?

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Summer seems like it’s quickly fading, and I have so many travel aspirations. The issue is that through September I don’t have the ability to be out of the US for more than a week or so, due to poor scheduling and commitments on my part.

I have legitimate travel aspirations of going to Iceland, Sweden, and some other places in Northern Europe.

But from a curiosity perspective, I also really want to try Air India first class, as they recently joined the Star Alliance. I mean, they are “the new definition of luxury,” so how could I not fly them?

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