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Jet Airways Planned Expansion In Asean

Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:19 am

There's an interesting article today in the Economic Times that reports skimpily on Jet's acquisition and expansion plans in ASEAN over the next six to 12 months and also mentions possible widebody (777/330) acquisition in the medium-term. I'd appreciate expert and proven opinion from the dedicated group of India watchers. Man, can you imagine Jet Airways Intercontinental First Class? And the beneficial impact competition will have on Air India?

Speaking of which, I can never tell anymore if Sean Mendis is gagged or free to speak. He's been silent lately, so I presume he is yet again doing penance to propitiate a wrathful Deity for some outrage like defending his parents' honor. It's a shame because he is the greatest asset to this forum.

Anyway, does anyone else have any good insights into Jet's calculus? Here's the link:

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RE: Jet Airways Planned Expansion In Asean

Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:39 am

That would be awesome for Indian commercial aviation if it actually happens.
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RE: Jet Airways Planned Expansion In Asean

Sat Oct 02, 2004 11:38 am


it would be great if Jet went international on a larger scale. I think if they maintained their service as it is now... then they would deffinately be one of the best "world class airlines" Can you imagine what their first class would be like? wow.

Also it will change the stereotype opinion on indian aviation which Air India has created.
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RE: Jet Airways Planned Expansion In Asean

Sat Oct 02, 2004 12:36 pm

Yup I agree with you blueduck, their service is extremely good. At present, Indians have to suffer AI or IC when flying to ASEAN countries or suffer SIAs prices (to sing).
Given a free hand 9W would do really well, but it’s going to be a while before it grows into a large international airline. I believe it will happen, but as everything else with the Indian government it will take time.
As for the impact it will have on AI, well when it grows in international destinations AI will be on the run. But unless they obtain the global reach that AI has then there’s no direct threat since most of AI's revenues are international routes which Jet Airways does not have permission to operate.

A Jet Airways 777.........hmmm.... that would look unbelievable. Not as good as an a340 though  Smile As of now though Jet Airways only has Boeings apart from a fleet of ATR’s.
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RE: Jet Airways Planned Expansion In Asean

Sat Oct 02, 2004 1:18 pm

Since I have a few days to post between bans (the moderator with a hard-on for deleting my posts has school during the week), I'll take a crack at addressing the issue.

The Economic Times hasn't exactly been a source of accurate information in the past and this article as usual is speculation about the meat and potatoes, with a couple of unrelated quotes thrown in to add dregs of credibility.

The flavor du jour is articles about private airlines flying abroad, so any little half-scrap of information on that front is parried into a headline on the subject.

The reality on the other hand is far more mundane. The Commies (who are providing outside support to Manmohan Singh's coalition government) have made aviation policy one of their pet issues lately and have allegedly extracted a concession from Chidambaram to restrict FDI in the aviation sector as well as to hold off permission for private airlines to fly into ASEAN until after Summer 2005. There are also rumors that Praful Patel has fallen out of favor and may be replaced at MoCA in the next few weeks.

Winter 2005 will be the key season for Indian aviation IMHO. Air India will use that season to consolidate its new route structure (involving a Mainline/Express split) along with a further 20-30% increase in mainline capacity, putting them in a position to realistically compete effectively with private airline competition. Ideally, that would be the time to release Jet and Sahara into the international arena. That will ensure a level playing field for all sides.
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