Jet Airways and Etihad Airways announced the conclusion of the transaction for the subscription of 24 per cent minority equity stake in Jet Airways. This follows all government and regulatory approvals received on the 12th of November 2013.
The infusion of foreign direct investment in the Indian aviation sector will result in economies of scale, growth in traffic at Indian airports and will create job opportunities across the aviation and tourism sectors. It will greatly benefit all our stakeholders whilst significantly benefitting our guests who will now have access to a more expanded global network, enhanced connectivity for tourists, business travelers and the wider travelling public.
India is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world. Through this association, Jet Airways and Etihad Airways will both be strengthened as will be the economies of India and the UAE. By linking our two networks and adding new flights, new routes and more code-share options, travel to, from and within India will become more accessible/ convenient.
Etihad Airways and Jet Airways will combine their network of 130 destinations, with Jet Airways establishing a Gulf gateway in Abu Dhabi and expanding it’s reach through Etihad Airways’ growing global network. Under the strategic partnership, both airlines will gradually expand existing operations and introduce new routes between India and Abu Dhabi thus providing an ever wider choice to the travelling public. Guests from 51 cities in India will benefit from connections to international destinations. New flights from our home hubs of Mumbai and Delhi and other metro airports will further strengthen our current operations from these airports. Our vision continues to be to develop Delhi and Mumbai airports as our primary home hubs and connecting them to Asia, Europe, Africa and other regions.
The Jet Airways group currently operates a fleet of 116 state-of-the-art wide and narrow-bodied aircraft under the Jet Airways and JetKonnect brand.