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In its bid to increase capacity on the busy routes, second largest carrier Jet Airways today said it will deploy wide-body A330s on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata sectors from October 30. The airline also announced a new direct flight between Delhi and Kochi, apart from two additional frequencies between Delhi and Kolkata and Bengaluru and Kolkata. The airline, however, did not specify how many narrow-bodies the wide-body planes will replace. "Beginning October 30, Jet Airways will expand its widebody (Airbus A330s) wings with 9W 346/362 on the Mumbai-Delhi and with 9W 907/946 on the Delhi-Kolkata routes, which will significantly boost our capacity on these key sectors," Jet said in a statement. In fact, introducing the A330s will nearly double its current capacity on the Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi route, it said. Deploying A330s on domestic routes will allow Jet to offer a considerably luxurious and comfortable flying experience equivalent to international standards, including flat beds in its Premiere class, apart from offering greater legroom in the Economy class. While Mumbai-Delhi wide-body flight (9W346) will leave at 0730 hrs, it will return Delhi (9W 362) at 1745 hrs. It will also introduce a new non-stop flight (9W 911/912) to connect Kochi with Delhi, aside from additional frequencies connecting Bengaluru and Delhi with Kolkata. Flight 9W 911 will depart Kochi at 0645 hrs and arrive in Delhi at 0950 hrs and the return flight 9W 912 will depart Delhi at 1605 hrs to arrive in Kochi at 1915 hrs. On the rationale for these new services, chief commercial officer Jayaraj Shanmugam said the domestic sector is witnessing breakneck demand growth. "Our fleet mix comprising both wide body and narrow body aircraft is our strength and enables us respond to market conditions and provide enhanced travel options.
The new flights and additional frequencies in the Winter schedule further strengthen our robust domestic network, and offer our guests additional choice and flexibility to plan their travel. "Deployment of widebodies in domestic routes provides us additional capacity on these key routes," he said. The winter schedule will also see Jet introducing a fifth daily frequency between Delhi and Kolkata, in addition to the wide body service, while further enhancing its early morning connections by commencing a third daily service from Bengaluru to Kolkata. Flight 9W 901 will depart Delhi at 1730 hrs and arrive in Kolkata at 1945 hrs and the return flight 9W 902 will leave Kolkata at 2025 hrs and arrive in Delhi at 2300 hrs. Likewise, flight 9W 665 will depart Bengaluru at 0210 hrs and arrive in Kolkata at 0440 hrs and the return flight 9W 678 will depart Kolkata at 0600 hrs and arrive in Bengaluru at 0830 hrs.
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