Jet Airways has finally published schedules for its eagerly awaited service linking India with the US. It will launch a daily service with B777-300ERs (which the airline has on order) on October 28 between Mumbai and New York Newark (although Jet indicates that flights may start earlier depending on demand).
Flights will stop en route in Brussels with Jet Airways being able to carry passengers on all sectors. This means that travellers will have another air service option between the Belgian capital and the Big Apple.
Flights will depart Mumbai at 0225 arriving in Brussels at 0740. After a two hour transit the service departs at 0940 to reach Newark at 1225.
In the return direction flight 9W227 will leave Newark at 2025 (transiting Brussels from 0940 to 1140 the next morning) then arrive in Mumbai at 0040 the following day.
Direct flights on this route are operated by Air India (with one en route stop) and US carrier Delta which flies non-stop. But there are numerous connections available via both the Gulf and Europe.
Jet Airways is gaining an international reputation for top service at keen prices. Nevertheless it will face stiff competition from Delta's non-stop service which shaves several hours off the overall journey time. Delta also offers a further selling point in that it's linked to the Skyteam alliance (Jet Airways isn't aligned with any alliance, although it does partner with several carriers for FFP benefits) and has a stronger loyalty programme.
For more information go to jetairways.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter