|Commenced operations||12 February 2003|
|Company slogan||Friendly low fares|
|Parent company||Dart Group PLC|
|Headquarters||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
Jet2.com is a British low-cost airline in the United Kingdom. It operates services from eight bases, seven in the UK and one in Spain, to 58 destinations. The airline also offers contract charter and air cargo services. Its main base and headquarters is on the grounds of Leeds Bradford International Airport, with further bases at Manchester, Belfast International, Edinburgh, Newcastle, East Midlands, Glasgow-International as well as in Alicante. Jet2.com also uses the brand Jet2charters to distinguish their charter operations.
Jet2.com 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, initially as a freight operator and then from 2001 operating both freight and passenger charter services using Boeing aircraft to international destinations on mainly short and medium haul routes. 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.
In 2003 the Channel Express established the Jet2.com brand from Leeds Bradford International Airport and essentially started winding-down its Channel Express brand. The company grew from Leeds Bradford Airport with its first flight from Leeds Bradford to Amsterdam, which operated twice daily rotation with two Boeing 737-300 aircraft. New destinations including Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Milan Orio-al-Serio, Nice and Palma were added in the following months. Faro and Prague were also added by the end of the year.
In December 2004 a second base was opened at Manchester Airport with the airline operating from Terminal 1.
In 2005 Jet2 opened a 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. The Boeing 757 aircraft only operated initially on routes from Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle airports. These aircraft helped the company to open two more bases, which were Blackpool and Edinburgh.
In 2006 the company relocated from Bournemouth to Leeds and was renamed Jet2.com Limited. Following the rebranding Jet2 continued to operate the same contract charter and freight flights that had been operated under the Channel Express name. Since the relocation, Jet2 has been based in offices in Yeadon adjacent to Leeds Bradford Airport.
Since 2006 the airline has acquired further Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft, all previously owned by other airlines and has opened a base at Belfast International Airport. A new base opened at East Midlands Airport in May 2010.
Unlike other low-cost carriers, Jet2 tickets can be booked via travel agents as well as over the internet and by telephone. The airline carried 600,000 passengers in 2003, its first year of operation, and 3.8 million passengers on over 34,000 flights in 2007. The Dart Group also has a division, Jet2holidays.com, offering package holidays which combine hotel accommodation and transfers with Jet2 flights. 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 to operate to Newark from both Leeds Bradford and Newcastle during December 2010. Once again, Jet 2 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.
In November 2008 Jet2 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. On 20 May as the base opened Jet2 announced a number of new routes for summer 2011.
On 14 September, the airline announced an eighth base at Glasgow Airport would be opened in April 2011, with an initial nine routes. The base was opened on 31 March, slightly earlier than scheduled. In January 2011, the airline introduced the Boeing 737-800 aircraft into its fleet. This provided aircraft larger than its existing 737-300s yet smaller than its 757-200 aircraft. While not new the 737-800 aircraft are newer than existing aircraft. On 03 September 2015 it was announced that the airline is adding an extra 27 737-800 aircraft to it's fleet new & directly from Boeing with delivery taking place between 2016 & 2018.
The airline carried over six million passengers during 2014, its highest recorded total. It has about 3,000 employees as of September 2013.
Company affairs and identity
The airline has its head office, the Low Fare Finder House, on the grounds of Leeds Bradford International Airport, Yeadon, City of Leeds, England. As of 2006 the facility was under construction, meant to accommodate pilots, cabin crew, and "behind the scenes" employees. The parent company Dart Group also has its head office in the Low Fare Finder House.
Jet2.com also has Administration, Call Centre (partly relocated from South Africa in October 2013) and Marketing Department offices at The Mint in Leeds City centre. The Jet2 Training Academy opened in September 2014 at Euroway Industrial Estate in Bradford.
Jet2 has attracted negative publicity for the way it chooses to hide the final price of flights. This includes bookings and baggages fees. The airline's website also forces UK customers abroad making return journeys to the UK to book in a foreign currency or face a poor exchange rate.
The aircraft are painted in silver with the company's logo displayed on the fuselage. The tails are red, advertising either the Jet2 logo or the website. The aircraft that are equipped with winglets display "Jet2.com" on the winglets. Aircraft are currently being branded with the new "Friendly Low Fares" slogan above cabin windows. The majority of aircraft in the fleet are named after destinations served by the airline; the name is shown on the side of the nose. The most well known of these are "Yorkshire", "Manchester" and "Scotland" as these titles are displayed large on the fuselages.
Jet2holidays aircraft are predominantly blue and white and feature a large sun motif on the tail and on the winglets, making them visually dissimilar to the rest of the Jet2 fleet and similar to Allegiant Air's livery.
Boeing 737-300 in the 'Yorkshire' titles
Jet2 operates some additional mail flights under contract for Royal Mail with QC aircraft overnight; during the day these aircraft are used for carrying passengers alongside the rest of the fleet.
|Boeing 737-300||21||0||148||To be replaced by 737-800.|
|Boeing 737-300QC||8||0||142/148||"Quick Change" with variable Passenger or Cargo configuration|
|Boeing 737-800||17||27||189||Orders due 2016 through 2018|
|Jet2 Cargo Fleet|
|Number of passengers||Number of flights||Load factor||Passenger Change YoY|
|Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority |
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- Number of flights represents total flights during that year.
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