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Jet to battle summer congestion with wide-body aircraft news
08 January 2011

New Delhi: Jet Airways, India's largest carrier of passengers, is looking ahead to the busy summer schedule and hopes to resolve issues related to congestion by deploying wide-body aircraft on domestic routes.

A senior Jet Airways executive said the carrier will be operating wide bodied Airbus A330s on some of its flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in a bid to battle congestion at airports which limit the number of flights it can operate.

Currently, the airline operates single-aisle Boeing 737s or Airbus 320s which provide around 160 seats per aircraft. The wide-bodied aircraft will increase capacity to around 230 seats per aircraft.

The airline may initially take on two A330s either on lease or on sale and operate around 20 flights, the executive said.

Jet Airways currently operates over 400 flights daily to 67 destinations worldwide.

Ongoing upgrade work at Mumbai and Chennai airports has drastically brought down the capacity of these airports and has forced airlines to limit the number of flights.

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Jet to battle summer congestion with wide-body aircraft