Jet Airways reportedly announced plans to add six additional B737 aircraft to the fleet of Jet Airways Konnect, its new all Economy service, and replace full service off-peak flight on metro routes with Konnect services (The Economic Times, 18-Sep-09). The transfers are expected to be completed over the next two to three months. Jet Airways Konnect already operates 130 services per day with a fleet of 11 B737 aircraft. Jet Airways reportedly stated that Jet Airways Konnect has reduced yields by 10%, partially attributed to a 30-35% gap between the parent and subsidiary’s fares, however, increased seat factor on Konnect by 20-25%.
Jet Airways to transfer additional aircraft and routes to Jet Airways Konnect
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Although 'Asia and other eastbound markets' are both the world's largest and fastest-growing aviation markets, Virgin has reduced its exposure to Asia Pacific and Middle East since Delta acquired a 49% stake in the UK airline in 2012 and subsequently formed its North Atlantic JV in 2013. Virgin withdrew from Mumbai and Tokyo Narita in 2015, after dropping its Australia route in May-2014.
Mr Kreeger also said that Virgin was looking at adding to its existing seven codeshare partners, which are Air China, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Delta, Flybe, Jet Airways and Singapore Airlines. This report considers which airlines in "Asia and other eastbound markets" might make attractive partners for Virgin Atlantic, whether through new JVs or codeshares. Mr Kreeger may be open to JVs in the region, but he will first need to increase Virgin's very small online presence in Asia. Imminent new deals seem unlikely. In reviewing likely attractive enhanced relationships, Delta's interests will form one ingredient, but Virgin Atlantic remains an airline in its own right.