Jet Airways, India’s largest airline, is set to merge its two low-cost carriers, JetLite and JetKonnect, creating one inclusive budget carrier that will service domestic connections in India. The announcement came from Jet Airways on Monday. They said that as of March 25, JetLite would no longer be operating under that name but would be merged with JetKonnect, after which they will operate one low-cost carrier under the name JetKonnect. The two low-cost carriers have been very popular for those looking for cheap flights to India and Nepal.
JetLite has been in operation since 2007, its creation and launch a result of Jet Airways takeover of Air Sahara. JetLite operated with a fleet of 19 Boeing 737s and was a well-known name in the Indian travel industry, with cheap flights to more than 30 destinations, including Nepal. The announcement to merge JetLite and JetKonnect was first made in July of 2011. The reason for the merger, given when the initial announcement was made by K. G. Vishwanath, Jet Group’s Vice-President Commercial Strategy and Investor Relations, was that the airline wanted to operate only one brand of low-cost carriers to domestic destinations within India.
The new JetKonnect will connect India’s primary cities, including Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Kolkata, as well as a number of secondary destinations. On Monday Jet Airways also announced that JetKonnect would not only be offering the traditional cheap flights on domestic routes, but would also be offering Premier services on a number of routes, services that rival the Premier services on Jet Airways flights. JetKonnect will operate some flights under the S2 code and others under the 9W code. Jet Group currently operates more than 600 daily flights to 24 international destinations and 50 local destinations. The have a fleet of 120 aircraft.
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