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India’s Jet Airways celebrates new milestone

While marking its 25th anniversary, the airline also announces it is rearranging its first and business classes.

Jet Airways, which bills itself as India’s premier full service international airline, is celebrating 25 years in the skies.

Credited with helping to transform the face of Indian aviation, the airline sent its first flight into the air on May 5, 1993, on a journey across western India from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.

The carrier has grown from its modest beginnings of a fleet of four aircraft serving six destinations in 1993 to a present-day fleet of 119 planes serving 65 destinations with over 300 flights a day.

The list rises to over 450 destinations worldwide along with its partner airlines.

“This day represents an unforgettable milestone and is a mix of emotion and elation for us all,” said Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways Group on the occasion of the anniversary.

“We are both humbled and honoured by the overwhelming trust, support and appreciation received from our guests over the years, as we fondly recall the first steps we took on what has been a truly exciting journey in bringing the joy of flying to millions of our guests.”

Rearranging seats
The privately owned carrier also says it will soon entirely do away with its first class and instead upgrade its business class seats on international flights, which are operated with 10 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, while at the same time strengthening its domestic network by introducing a more modern fleet.

Its plan is to add 400 seats on the 777s over the next 20 months, without altering the legroom.

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