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Jet Airways flight to Amsterdam takes off

DH News Service, Bengaluru, Oct 29 2017, 2:27 IST
India's largest private full-service carrier Jet Airways commenced its much-awaited direct daily service between Bengaluru and Amsterdam. Representational Image

India's largest private full-service carrier Jet Airways commenced its much-awaited direct daily service between Bengaluru and Amsterdam. Representational Image

India’s largest private full-service carrier Jet Airways commenced its much-awaited direct daily service between Bengaluru and Amsterdam, when the flight 9W 236 took off from the Kempegowda International Airport at 2.30 am (local time) on Sunday, and landed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 8:45 am (local time).

With a full complement of Premiere and Economy passengers on board the Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the return service 9W 235 will depart Amsterdam at 10:50 pm (local time) to arrive in Bengaluru at 12:45 am (local time).

The flag-off ceremony was attended by Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, and Parliamentary Affairs Anant Kumar, Karnataka IT, BT and Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge, Medium and Large Industries Minister R V Deshpande, BIAL VP (Business Development, Marketing and Strategy) Raj Andrade, and Dutch Consulate General (Designate) Rene Beerepoot, among others.

According to Jet Airways Chief Commercial Officer Jayaraj Shanmugam, “The launch of the flight comes at an opportune time, as Bengaluru is witnessing rapid growth in business, commerce and tourism, accelerating the demand for quality services to and from key destinations across the world. Our well-differentiated product and service experience, together with a growing number of destinations and connectivity choices for guests, sets us apart from the competition.”

The airline observes Amsterdam’s importance as a significant European and North American gateway for both passenger and cargo traffic, from where passengers can connect to as many as 43 European destinations such as London, Paris and Barcelona, as well as to 21 big cities across North America, through Jet Airways’ codeshare arrangements.

The new service will also enhance Jet Airways’ cumulative daily cargo capacity to Europe by as much as 15 tonnes, facilitating increase in trade of various commodities such as flowers, perishables, pharmaceuticals, heavy machinery, garments, electrical and medical equipment, auto parts, as well as exotic food items.

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