Indian carrier Jet Airways has announced the launch of its fifth new daily service between Dubai and Mumbai.
Jet, in which Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways recently bought a 24 per cent stake, said that it plans to commence operations on the new service from October 14, 2014.
The airline will deploy its next – generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the route, offering twin class configuration of premiere and economy class, it said in a statement.
From October 14- 25, flight 9W 580 will depart Mumbai at 0200hrs (local time) and arrive Dubai at 0340 hrs. On the return leg, 9W 579 will depart Dubai at 0455 hrs and arrive in Mumbai at 0930 hrs.
However, from October 26 onwards, the Mumbai departure time will move to 0140 hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0335 hrs. On the return leg, 9W 579 will depart Dubai at 0500 hrs and arrive in Mumbai at 0930 hrs.
Gaurang Shetty, SVP, Commercial, Jet Airways, said, “We are happy to introduce a fifth service on the popular Mumbai-Dubai route, which has seen a steady growth in traffic be it tourists or business travellers.
“This flight would provide easy connectivity for guests, especially from Western India, flying to and from the United Arab Emirates.”
The airline, which will now operate nine daily flights between India and Dubai, is also hoping to attract a greater number of transit passengers from the UAE, who can further connect to Jet Airways’ domestic network or its other destinations in South East Asia.
Jet currently has existing daily Gulf operations to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, Muscat and Sharjah, and to Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam from several cities in India.