Jet Airways first airline in India to fly Airbus 330

Mumbai: Jet Airways has announced the induction of the state-of-the-art Airbus A 330-200 aircraft into its fleet — the first of its kind to be operated in India. With the A330 having been inducted today, the airline's fleet size is now 55.

Powered by two Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines, the A330 aircraft can carry 226 passengers with a maximum take-off weight of 233 tons. It is also equipped with the Less Paper Cockpit (LPC) making Jet Airways, the first operator in India to have approval to use the LPC concept.

The aircraft is configured with 30 premiere class seats and 196 economy class seats, the interior of the aircraft is designed to give Jet Airways' passengers a feel of spaciousness. The premiere class flat bed seats of the A330 aircraft are pitched at 82 inches, thereby giving the passenger uncompromised comfort and luxury.

The in-flight-entertainment (IFE) of the A330 is akin to that of the A340 and is equipped with the advanced Panasonic 3000i IFE, allowing Jet Airways' passengers to have 'on-demand' digital audio and video. Moreover, single and multi-player interactive games especially programmed for Jet Airways' passengers will display on high-resolution arm LCD screens in the premiere class and seatback LCD screens in the Economy class.

Additionally, similarities of cockpit design between the A340 and the A330 means that Jet Airways will be able to deploy the aircraft in the minimal possible time.

The maiden commercial flight of this Aircraft will be on June 13, 2006, and will thereafter operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Delhi to London Heathrow.

Deployment of this new aircraft on the Delhi-London route will enable Jet Airways to operate a daily second frequency between Mumbai and London Heathrow.