Airline Route reports that Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways is planning to deploy wide body A330-200s and Boeing 777-300ERs it has leased from India’s Jet Airways on flights around the world in the Winter 2014 schedule which commences from October 26th. Etihad holds a 24% share in Jet.
Etihad plans to deploys Jet’s A330-200s on:
- Abu Dhabi – Johannesburg as EY604 and EY603
- Abu Dhabi – Lagos as EY671 and EY672
- Abu Dhabi – Kuala Lumpur as EY416 and EY413, until January 31, 2015*
- Abu Dhabi – Hyderabad route flights EY274 and EY275 effective February 1, 2015
- Abu Dhabi – Riyadh as EY317 and EY318, effective February 1, 2015
The Boeing 777-300ERs leased from Jet will be deployed on:
- Abu Dhabi – Dhaka as EY258 and EY253, six times a week
- Abu Dhabi – New York JFK as EY103 and EY102
- Abu Dhabi – New Delhi as EY224 and EY223, effective November 18, 2014
- Abu Dhabi – San Francisco as EY183 and EY182 effective November 18, 2014
- Abu Dhabi – Kuala Lumpur as EY418 and EY411, effective February 1, 2015*
*Abu Dhabi Kuala Lumpur route will be upgraded from a two-class A330-200 to a three class Boeing 777-300ER.
Jet’s inability to effectively utilise its wide-body fleet is long known. For most of 2013, much of its A330-200 fleet was sitting on the ground at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi airport, while the airline has been leasing out up to seven of its ten Boeing 777-300ERs to Gulf Air (see photo), Turkish Airlines and Thai Airways (see photos of Jet’s 777s in Turkish Airlines livery). Now that both Turkish and Thai are receiving their own 777-300ERs, they are returning the leased aircraft to Jet who now has to rely on Etihad to utilise these aircraft.
Even today, Jet Airways effectively keeps one 777-300ER grounded by parking two 777s from early morning to late night at Hong Kong airport, as they are “unable to better utilise the aircraft”.
It is indeed a sad commentary on aircraft that were voted as having the best First Class service in the world by Business Traveller in 2008. But at least these beauties are finding a second lease of life in the desert sands.
The above schedules and deployments are subject to change.