Jet Airways announces the launch of its India - Italy service with daily Non-Stop flights from Delhi to Milan effective December 5, 2010
September 23, 2010
MUMBAI: Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, today announced that it will commence daily non-stop flights from the national capital New Delhi to Milan from December 5th, 2010. The service on the India-Italy route will make Milan the twenty-fourth international destination on Jet Airways’ network. The airline will introduce this new service to the fashion and design capital of the world using its state-of-the-art Airbus 330-200 aircraft.
With Milan strategically located at the heart of Central Europe, Jet Airways’ daily non-stop service will allow its guests enhanced connectivity from Milan to several Italian cities like Florence, Rome, Venice and Pisa, besides easy access to other European destinations like Paris, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Helsinki, Lisbon, Madrid, Zurich, Vienna, Belgrade and Budapest in conjunction with its interline partners.
This new flight, the only one to offer a direct air link on the India – Italy route will also effectively utilize New Delhi’s new state-of-the-art Terminal 3, as an operational hub offering seamless connectivity to and from India. Guests traveling from Milan to India will be able to connect to over 42 destinations on Jet Airways' network within India and will also have access to travel onwards to Jet Airways' destinations of Kathmandu, Dhaka, Colombo and further onto Asian destinations like Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.
Flight 9W 142 will depart Delhi at 1255 hours, arriving in Milan at 1800 hrs. On the return leg, flight 9W 141 will depart Milan at 2125 hrs, arriving in Delhi at 0955 hrs.*
According to Mr. Nikos Kardassis, CEO, Jet Airways, “Jet Airways is delighted to bridge two ancient and historical civilizations, which now play a very important role in the twenty first century. Milan – a truly international and cosmopolitan city is recognized globally, as not only the fashion and design capital of the world but also as the engine room of the Italian economy.
We are confident that Jet Airways will soon emerge as the preferred carrier on this popular route given our unparalleled network in India and ever expanding international footprint. Milan, as indeed the European Union is an important market for us and we are convinced of capturing and growing the market. We believe that this new route has the potential to serve the needs of our discerning corporate and leisure travelers,” he added. Configured in two classes, with 30 seats in Première (Business Class) 190 seats in Economy, the spacious full-length wide-bodied twin aisle cabin of the A330-200 will truly make for a more pleasurable flying experience. The airline's Première guests will enjoy a 180 degree flat bed with lumbar support and massage systems, oversized table, telephony, SMS, Email and live text news to deliver a flying office, state-of-the-art On-Demand Panasonic In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), as well as the finest in-flight dining and service, among other amenities.
Italy has historically been one of Europe's main trade, business, finance and industrial hubs. But perhaps more important from an Indian perspective has been the burgeoning trend of bilateral trade between the two countries, which is pegged at over US$ 8 billion and is estimated to surpass US $10 billion soon. The two countries share strong ties in businesses ranging from automotive, textiles, heavy engineering, infrastructure, energy, clean technology to food-processing and agri-food business etc., Other areas of cooperation that are emerging include industrial design, science, IT, biotechnology and services. Importantly Milan is also set to play host to the 2015 Universal Exposition, which will showcase the latest scientific and technological innovations.
From a travel and tourism perspective, Italy offers an amalgamation of both the modern and traditional, given its rich historical and cultural heritage. Italy's ancient monuments and archeological sites and world famous works of art make it one of the most sought after tourist destinations. Similarly, Italians have also always appreciated Indian culture, traditions and aesthetics, with a deep passion for Indian textiles, art and architecture. These are perhaps among the many reasons why places like Rajasthan, Goa, Khajuraho, Kerala, Maharashtra are popular tourist destinations amongst Italian tourists.
Milan will be the twenty-fourth destination in the airline’s international network. Jet Airways currently flies to New York (both JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Sharjah, Riyadh and Johannesburg.
Jet Airways will offer attractive inaugural fares as part of this launch, for which guests may get in touch with their nearest travel agent or the airline call centre on 39893333.
*Subject to receipt of requisite approvals
Notes to the editorMILAN and Places of Tourism interest in close proximity Milan – The business and fashion capital, Milan is home to treasures that survived WWII’s extensive damage and these include its elaborate cathedral, Leonardo da Vinci’s - The Last Supper, La Scala opera house and Castello Sforzesco. The likes of Armani, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and many more took off on Milan’s runways making this city a virtual pilgrimage for global fashionistas.Lake Como - Lago di Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, which has for long been a popular retreat for the rich and the famous, many of whom have homes around the shores of the lakeBologna - Italy’s culinary capital, Bologna is an attractive, animated place with a large student population and boasts one of the country’s great medieval cityscapes – an eye-catching ensemble of red-brick palazzi, Renaissance towers and 40km of arcaded porticoes.Capri - Is the perfect microcosm of Mediterranean appeal – a smooth cocktail of lively piazzas and cool cafés, Roman ruins and rugged seascapes, Capri is a hugely popular day-trip destination and a summer favourite of holidaying VIPs.Florence - The jewel of Renaissance Italy, Florence remains a busy business centre even today. Home to the likes of Gucci and Ferragamo, Florence means one thing: style, both past and present.Pisa – This city draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong: the iconic Leaning Tower. But the world-famous tower is only one of a trio of Romanesque splendors in this city.Rome – May no longer be caput mundi (capital of the world), but it is an epic, metropolis harbouring lost empires. Rome is bestowed with historical monuments and architectural heirlooms, which sit pretty even in the modern day hustle and bustle of the twenty first century. Not to forget a trip to the Vatican and Pantheon.Venice -With the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometer, Venice is truly an inspiration. An engineering marvel with marble churches built atop ancient posts driven deep into the barene (mud banks) along the Grand Canal, Venice is a must visit for all tourists. Venetians have for long flooded the world with voluptuous Venetian-red paintings and wines, music, Marco Polo spice-route flavours, and bohemian-chic fashion too.About Jet Airways
Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 90 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 54 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 14 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 4.99 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Flights to 65 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including New York (both JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Sharjah, Riyadh and Dammam.About Jet Airways Konnect
Jet Airways Konnect is Jet Airways’ all-economy service on key domestic routes, designed to meet the needs of the low-fare segment with value-for-money fares. Jet Airways Konnect links seven major metros - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata – with several destinations across India, operating over 200 flights daily. Konnect Select’ is a premium economy product introduced on certain Jet Airways Konnect flights. This new front cabin class features wider and more comfortable seats, with a 40 inch seat pitch. The services include complimentary in-flight reading material, a welcome drink, and complimentary hot meals on-board.About JetLite
JetLite is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jet Airways India Ltd. and was acquired by Jet Airways in April 2007. Positioned as an all-economy, no-frills airline, JetLite operates a fleet of 22 aircraft, which includes 17 Boeing 737 series and 5 Canadian Regional Jets 200 Series, aircraft. The airline flies to 25 domestic destinations and 2 international destinations (Kathmandu and Colombo), operating over 110 flights a day, on average. Jet Airways, Jet Airways Konnect, its all-economy, no-frills service, and JetLite have a combined fleet strength of 112 aircraft and operate over 500 flights daily.
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