Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, today announced that it will commence daily non-stop flights from the national capital New Delhi to Milan from December 5th, 2010. The service on the India-Italy route will make Milan the twenty-fourth international destination on Jet Airways’ network. The airline will introduce this new service to the fashion and design capital of the world using its state-of-the-art Airbus 330-200 aircraft.
With Milan strategically located at the heart of Central Europe, Jet Airways’ daily non-stop service will allow its guests enhanced connectivity from Milan to several Italian cities like Florence, Rome, Venice and Pisa, besides easy access to other European destinations like Paris, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Helsinki, Lisbon, Madrid, Zurich, Vienna, Belgrade and Budapest in conjunction with its interline partners.
This new flight, the only one to offer a direct air link on the India – Italy route will also effectively utilize New Delhi’s new state-of-the-art Terminal 3, as an operational hub offering seamless connectivity to and from India. Guests traveling from Milan to India will be able to connect to over 42 destinations on Jet Airways’ network within India and will also have access to travel onwards to Jet Airways’ destinations of Kathmandu, Dhaka, Colombo and further onto Asian destinations like Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.
Flight 9W 142 will depart Delhi at 1255 hours, arriving in Milan at 1800 hrs. On the return leg, flight 9W 141 will depart Milan at 2125 hrs, arriving in Delhi at 0955 hrs.*
According to Mr. Nikos Kardassis, CEO, Jet Airways, “Jet Airways is delighted to bridge two ancient and historical civilizations, which now play a very important role in the twenty first century. Milan – a truly international and cosmopolitan city is recognized globally, as not only the fashion and design capital of the world but also as the engine room of the Italian economy.
We are confident that Jet Airways will soon emerge as the preferred carrier on this popular route given our unparalleled network in India and ever expanding international footprint. Milan, as indeed the European Union is an important market for us and we are convinced of capturing and growing the market. We believe that this new route has the potential to serve the needs of our discerning corporate and leisure travelers,” he added.
Configured in two classes, with 30 seats in Premiere (Business Class) 190 seats in Economy, the spacious full-length wide-bodied twin aisle cabin of the A330-200 will truly make for a more pleasurable flying experience. The airline’s Premiere guests will enjoy a 180 degree flat bed with lumbar support and massage systems, oversized table, telephony, SMS, Email and live text news to deliver a flying office, state-of-the-art On-Demand Panasonic In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), as well as the finest in-flight dining and service, among other amenities.
Italy has historically been one of Europe’s main trade, business, finance and industrial hubs. But perhaps more important from an Indian perspective has been the burgeoning trend of bilateral trade between the two countries, which is pegged at over US$ 8 billion and is estimated to surpass US $10 billion soon. The two countries share strong ties in businesses ranging from automotive, textiles, heavy engineering, infrastructure, energy, clean technology to food-processing and agri-food business etc., Other areas of cooperation that are emerging include industrial design, science, IT, biotechnology and services. Importantly Milan is also set to play host to the 2015 Universal Exposition, which will showcase the latest scientific and technological innovations.
From a travel and tourism perspective, Italy offers an amalgamation of both the modern and traditional, given its rich historical and cultural heritage. Italy’s ancient monuments and archeological sites and world famous works of art make it one of the most sought after tourist destinations. Similarly, Italians have also always appreciated Indian culture, traditions and aesthetics, with a deep passion for Indian textiles, art and architecture. These are perhaps among the many reasons why places like Rajasthan, Goa, Khajuraho, Kerala, Maharashtra are popular tourist destinations amongst Italian tourists.
Milan will be the twenty-fourth destination in the airline’s international network. Jet Airways currently flies to New York (both JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Sharjah, Riyadh and Johannesburg.