|Posted : 04 Jan, 2016 15:21:32
Etihad cutting flights with Jet Airways planes
Etihad has been growing at a fast pace, even though they remain a “boutique” airline compared to their UAE rival, Emirates.
To help their growth plans, Etihad has been operating some leased Jet Airways planes for a while. Etihad has a 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways, which is a notoriously unprofitable airline. Since Jet Airways couldn’t turn a profit on longhaul flights, it made sense for them to try to cut their losses on the B777-300ERs.
So Etihad has been flying them for the past several years, and has six of them in their fleet. The issue is that the onboard product on the Jet Airways B777 doesn’t quite match the product on the Etihad B777.
While Jet Airways also has fully enclosed suites in first class on their B777s, the product is outdated and poorly maintained. The same is true in other cabins.
Meanwhile Etihad has a much more pleasant looking first class cabin on their B777s.
One other huge factor for me is that Etihad has wifi throughout almost their entire longhaul fleet, except the Jet Airways planes. So not only is the onboard product not as good on the Jet Airways planes, but you don’t get wifi either.
As per a post on airliners.net, it looks like Etihad will no longer be flying Jet Airways planes to the US as of winter 2016. The GDS has been updated to reflect the following aircraft changes as of October 30, 2015: EY100/101 will be operated by an Etihad B777-300ER rather than a Jet Airways B777-300ER; EY182/183 will be operated by an Etihad B777-200LR rather than a Jet Airways B777-300ER, according to media reports. -abdullah