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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1983 (as Channel Express)
Commenced operations1983
AOC #598
Operating bases
Fleet size85
Company sloganFriendly Low Fares
Parent companyDart Group PLC
HeadquartersLeeds, West Yorkshire[2]
Key people Limited, often known simply as Jet2, is a British low-cost airline based at Leeds Bradford Airport, England. is the fourth largest scheduled airline in the UK.[3] Its main base and headquarters is at Leeds Bradford International Airport,[4] with further bases at Manchester, Belfast International, Edinburgh, Newcastle, East Midlands, Glasgow, Alicante, Birmingham and London Stansted. The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. also offers a charter service through its Jet2charters brand. Sister company Jet2holidays offers ABTA and ATOL protected package holidays with accommodation, transfers and flights to 47 city and sun destinations. had around 4,000 employees as of April 2015.


Origins[edit] Limited is a subsidiary of the Dart Group PLC, an aviation services and distribution group. The airline began operating commercial aircraft in 1983 under the name Channel Express,[5] when it was purchased by the Dart Group’s current Executive Chairman, Philip Meeson. Initially a freight operator, from 2001 the airline also began operating passenger charter services using Boeing aircraft to international destinations on mainly short and medium haul routes.


A Boeing 737-300 wearing the airline's former livery, taking off at Leeds Bradford Airport in 2008

In 2003 Channel Express established the brand from Leeds Bradford International Airport. The re-branded began operating as a leisure airline with its first flight from Leeds Bradford to Amsterdam on 12 February, which operated a twice daily rotation with two Boeing 737-300 aircraft. During 2003, further scheduled flights were launched to seven European sun and city break destinations.

In December 2004, a second base was opened at Manchester Airport with the airline operating from Terminal 1.

In 2005, opened a third base at Newcastle. Later in the year the company acquired two Boeing 757-200 aircraft, enabling it to fly medium-long haul destinations as well as carrying more passengers on popular existing routes. These aircraft helped the company to open two more bases at Blackpool (this base ceased operation in October 2014 due to airport closure) and Edinburgh.

In 2006 the company relocated from Bournemouth to Leeds and was renamed Limited.[6] In 2007, sister company Jet2holidays was launched offering customers and travel agents ATOL and ABTA protected package holidays.

The airline acquired further Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft and opened a base at Belfast International Airport. In November 2008 changed its slogan from "The North's Low Cost Airline" to "Friendly Low Fares". This preceded the announcement of opening a hub at East Midlands Airport, the first of the airline's outside the North of England and Scotland. The base at East Midlands Airport opened in May 2010.[7]

During November and December 2008 the airline operated four direct flights from Leeds Bradford to Newark Liberty International Airport using Boeing 757-200s, with a series of flights also planned from both Leeds Bradford and Newcastle during December 2010. Once again, re-introduced seasonal Christmas flights to New York during the 2012 winter season, however, this time flights would operate from Glasgow, East Midlands and Newcastle, in addition to Leeds.[8] The seasonal flights to New York have continued annually from the four bases, with the addition of October flying dates in 2014.

In January 2011, the airline introduced second-hand Boeing 737-800 aircraft into its fleet. This provided aircraft larger than its existing 737-300s yet smaller than its 757-200 aircraft. The airline announced an eighth base at Glasgow Airport would be opened in April 2011, with an initial nine routes.[9] The base was opened on 31 March, slightly earlier than scheduled.

The airline then announced new routes to Fuerteventura and Verona for summer 2014 and further new destinations were also added for summer 2015 including Antalya, Malta and Kefalonia.[10] carried over 600,000 passengers in its first year of operation and over six million passengers during 2014, its highest recorded total, though this reduced slightly to 5.85 million in 2015.[11]

On 17 September 2016 the airline received its first brand new Boeing 737-800 of the order for thirty made in 2015.[12] In September 2016, announced it would begin operations from Birmingham Airport and London Stansted Airport (the airline's first base in southern England) in March 2017.[13] In November 2016, opened its new maintenance hangar at Manchester Airport.[14] In December 2016, announced that it had ordered a further four Boeing 737-800 aircraft, bringing the total on order to 34.[15]

Company affairs[edit]

Low Fare Finder House, the head office of has its head office, Low Fare Finder House,[16] in the grounds of Leeds Bradford International Airport. In 2006, the facility began construction to accommodate pilots, cabin crew, and "behind the scenes" employees.[17]

In April 2013, moved its Customer Contact Centre, Finance, IT, Human Resource operations, Commercial and Marketing Departments into a new office, The Mint, Leeds city centre.[18]

The airline also opened a new £9.5 million training academy in September 2014 at Euroway Industrial Estate in Bradford, UK.[19]

On 29 April 2015, sister company Jet2 City Breaks was launched. In June 2017, launched Jet2Villas, through its Jet2holidays brand.[20]

Destinations[edit] operates flights to 58 destinations across Europe, with a notable focus on Spain, the Mediterranean Sea and France. Its largest base is at Leeds Bradford Airport with eight additional operating bases across the United Kingdom alongside overseas bases at Alicante–Elche Airport and Palma de Mallorca Airport.[21] Two more UK bases, at Birmingham Airport and London Stansted Airport, were opened in March 2017.[22][23]

Fleet[edit] Boeing 757-200 wearing the Jet2Holidays livery

As of November 2018, the fleet consists of the following aircraft:[24][25]

Jet2 Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-300 11 148
Boeing 737-300QC 2 148 Quick Change-configuration for flexible passenger or cargo transportation.
To be phased out.[26]
Boeing 737-800 61 189
Boeing 757-200 11 235
Total 86

Historical Fleet[edit]

Jet2 Historical Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-300SF[27] 2006 2017[28] One Converted Passenger Aircraft.


Year Total passengers Total flights Load factor Passenger Change (YoY)
2003 604,563 5,543 78.9% -
2004 1,211,139 11,266 79.1% Increase100.3%
2005 2,376,900 24,151 74.5% Increase096.3%
2006 2,831,922 26,808 77.2% Increase019.1%
2007 3,860,266 34,358 73.6% Increase036.3%
2008 3,454,578 27,851 79.4% Decrease010.5%
2009 3,089,340 24,282 81.6% Decrease010.6%
2010 3,338,921 24,708 86.3% Increase008.1%
2011 4,235,752 29,806 87.3% Increase026.9%
2012 4,776,257 32,520 89.0% Increase012.8%
2013 5,515,021 36,064 89.8% Increase015.5%
2014 6,007,549 39,362 89.0% Increase008.9%
2015 5,853,447 36,657 91.3% Decrease002.6%
2016 6,721,129 41,796 90.8% Increase0014.8%
2017 9,695,445 58,541 90.6% Increase0030.7%
Source: United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority[11]


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