Jet Airways to start flights to
Brussels in August
Travelers to Belgium from India do
not need to take connecting flights
with Jet Belgium stopover.
BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT
March 16, 2007: Private
carrier Jet Airways will make a
stopover in Brussels for its flights
planned between Mumbai and New York
that will operate seven days a week.
The carrier also intends to operate a
connection flight between New Delhi
and Toronto before 2007-end.
The Brussels service, slated to
commence from August this year, will
provide a direct link between Belgium
and India. At present, passengers
traveling to India from Belgium take
connecting flights from cities like
Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, and
this planned stopover by Jet will make
it the first non-stop flight between
The decision to have a stopover comes
after the tourism minister the
Flanders region of Belgium, Geert
Bourgeois, on is on a visit to India,
met Indian tourism minister Ambika
Soni. Bourgeois had also met Jet
Airways executives in Mumbai.
The number of outbound Indian tourists
has annually grown by 12 per cent,
since 2002, and according to an
estimate Indians holidaying abroad
will touch a whopping 11.5 million by
2010. This fact is leading Indian
aviation companies to launch new
services to international
destinations, according to an analyst.
The Flanders region is also expecting
to cash in on this, more so due to the
fact that Indians traveling to the
region for pleasure have risen 30 per
cent during 2001 to 2005.
This is one vital link that the
countries were waiting for, and
according to Bourgeois the new air
link will provide a much needed boost
to the region's tourism industry.
Jet Airways is also planning to
commence a connection service between
New Delhi and Toronto before the end
of the year. This would also have a
stopover in Brussels, and will have
operations every day.
The carrier is also planning to take
delivery of two types of long-haul
aircrafts, Boeing 777 and Airbus 320,
this year. These would be deployed on
the new routes.
Earlier, Jet Airways had launched a
mobile ticketing facility in the
county. The carrier had roped in one
of the largest GSM players in the
country for the initiative.
The company launched 'M-ticketing with
JetWallet', a software solution that
allows users to book, pay and generate
e-tickets over mobile phones.
Initially, the companies would be
offering the service to subscribers
with Java-enabled phones with GPRS
capability and Jet Privilege members.
JetWallet can be downloaded on to
mobile phones to book Jet tickets.
The e-tickets will be then e-mailed to
customers who can then print them and
use as regular tickets. E-tickets are
automatically stored on mobile phones
allowing for future access. The
solution allows customers to view
earlier tickets, change, cancel or get
JetWallet is a version of C-SAM's (a
Sam Pitroda company) patented
OneWallet technology and is a one step
closer to the launching of mobile