Jet Airways is one of the largest private airlines in India. The airline was among the first few privately held companies that were started after the Indian Government opened its skies for the private player in 1990. The company was founded in 1992 by Naresh Goyal and his five other associates. The company commenced its operation in 1993 and since then there was no looking back.
The airline is headquartered at Mumbai and has its headquarters at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Besides this, the airlines also have its secondary hubs at various other airports of India such as Chennai International Airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport. The company also had its international hub at Brussels Airport but it had to be withdrawn because of economic crises and turmoil.
Since its inception, the company has been known for its sheer class and luxury. The airline company is second largest airline after Air India in terms of operations and fleet. The company has launched two affiliates for low cost arena such as:
JetLite: It is the wholly owned subsidiary of company. This company was established in 1991 as Sahara Airlines and started its operations with few Boeings and Bombardier planes. This company was earlier known as Sahara Airlines that was associated by Jet Airways in 2006 for about $ 450 million. The company was then renamed to JetLite.
Jet Konnect: This is the low cost arm of Jet Airways that operates mainly on the domestic routes. This subsidiary was launched in 2009 and shares the same fleet and design as that of Jet Airways.
Today, the airlines operates more than 400 flights to more than 80 destinations that are located all over the world. The company hold 30 per cent share of Indian aviation sector and more than 15 million passengers travel by this airline annually. The company has also started its operations to many other exotic destinations of the world that are located in Europe, Asia and North America.
The airlines have been rated as one of the best long haul airlines by "Which" magazine, which is a popular travel magazine in the South East Asia.
Jet Airways has a number of codeshare agreements with some of the best airlines in the world such as Air Canada, Alitalia, American Airlines, Qantas, Malaysian Airlines, Kenya Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air and much more. Another interesting partnership that the company has entered into is with the Thalys European Rail Service, which is second best rail service in Europe after Eurostar.