Jet Airways daily direct Mumbai-Jeddah launched, Hyderabad-Dubai flights from August 16, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 17:05 by Aviation Correspondent

Jet Airways, based in Mumbai, India, has launched daily, non-stop services between Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Mumbai. In addition, Jet Airways is planning to launch daily, direct services between Hyderabad in India and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from August 16, 2009 – the airline’s 5th daily flight to the UAE from India.

The Jeddah-Mumbai flight, which took off on July 14, 2009, is Jet Airways’ first flight to Saudi Arabia, and Jeddah is the airline’s 7th destination in the Persian Gulf region.

Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia and also a commercial hub. It is the main gateway to Mecca, the holiest city of Islam.

Jet Airways’ Flight 9W 521 leaves Jeddah at 0100 hours and reaches Mumbai at 0835 hours. In the return direction, Flight 9W 522 takes of from Mumbai at 2135 hours and lands in Jeddah at 0001 hours.

Jet Airways already flies from major cities in India to Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi – offering seamless connections domestically and internationally, a press release from the carrier said.

Fareed Al Alawi, Jet Airways’ vice-president (Gulf & Middle East), said in the press release that, for the inaugural flight between Mumbai and Jeddah, the airline used a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that offers personalised in-flight entertainment on every seat, gourmet cuisine as well as world-class service.

For the service on the Hyderabad-Dubai route, set to start on August 16, 2009, Jet Airways will use a Boeing 737-800 plane.

From August 16, 2009 to October 24, 2009, and from March 28, 2010, to October 30, 2010, Jet Airways’ Flight 9W 550 will take off from Hyderabad at 0840 hours and land in Dubai at 1100 hours.

On the return leg, Flight 9W 549 will leave Dubai at 1200 hours and reach Hyderabad at 1710 hours.

From October 25, 2009 to March 27, 2010, Flight 9W 550 will leave Hyderabad at 0840 hours and land in Dubai at 1120 hours. In the return direction, Flight 9W 549 will take of from Dubai at 1220 hours and touch down in Hyderabad at 1710 hours.

At present, Jet Airways operates twice-a-day services to Dubai from Mumbai, and once-a-day services to Dubai from New Delhi and Chennai.

With the launch of the Hyderabad-Dubai flight, Jet Airways will be operating a total of 17 frequencies to 7 destinations in the Persian Gulf region from various cities in India.