|Founded||1983 (as Channel Express)|
2003 (as Jet2.com)
|Company slogan||Friendly Low Fares|
|Parent company||Dart Group PLC (Holding Company)|
|Headquarters||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
Jet2.com Limited, often known simply as Jet2, is a British low-cost scheduled leisure airline that operates scheduled and chartered services. As of 2018, it is the third-largest scheduled airline in the UK. Its main base and headquarters is at Leeds Bradford International Airport (with its head office in the city centre of Leeds), with further bases at Manchester, Belfast International, Edinburgh, Newcastle, East Midlands, Glasgow, Alicante, Birmingham, Palma 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.
Jet2.com also offers a charter service through its Jet2charters brand. Subsidiary company Jet2holidays offers ABTA and ATOL-protected package holidays with accommodation, transfers and Jet2.com flights to 81 city and sun destinations. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays had around 12,000 permanent and seasonal employees as of May 2018.
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, 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.
In 2002, Channel Express established the Jet2.com brand from Leeds Bradford International Airport. The re-branded Jet2.com began operating as a leisure airline with its first flight from Leeds Bradford to Amsterdam on 12 February 2003, 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 2004, a second base was opened at Manchester Airport with the airline operating from Terminal 1. The airline also acquired further Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft and opened a base at Belfast International Airport.
In 2005, Jet2.com 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 Jet2.com Limited. 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 Jet2.com 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.
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, Jet2.com 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. The seasonal flights to New York have continued annually and now run from five of its UK bases.
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.
Jet2.com carried over 600,000 passengers in its first year of operation and over nine million passengers during 2017; its highest recorded total.
On 17 September 2016, the airline received its first brand new Boeing 737-800 of the order for thirty made in 2015. In September 2016, Jet2.com announced it would begin operations from Birmingham Airport and London Stansted Airport (the airline's first base in southern England) in March 2017. In November 2016, Jet2.com opened its new maintenance hangar at Manchester Airport. In December 2016, Jet2.com announced that it had ordered a further four Boeing 737-800 aircraft, bringing the total on order to 34.
In 2019, Jet2.com received delivery of its 34th new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, taking its permanent and leased fleet size to 100.
Jet2.com has its head office, Low Fare Finder House, in the grounds of Leeds Bradford International Airport. In 2006, the facility began construction to accommodate pilots, cabin crew, and "behind the scenes" employees. In April 2013, Jet2.com moved its Customer Contact Centre, Finance, IT, Human Resource operations, Commercial and Marketing Departments into a new office, Holiday House, Leeds city centre. The airline also opened a new £9.5 million training academy in September 2014 at Euroway Industrial Estate in Bradford, UK.
On 29 April 2015, sister company Jet2CityBreaks was launched. In June 2017, Jet2.com launched Jet2Villas through its Jet2holidays brand.
|Year||Total passengers||Total flights||Load factor||Passenger change (YoY)|
|Source: United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority|
Jet2.com operates flights to 70 destinations across Europe, with a notable focus on Spain, the Mediterranean Sea, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey. Its main 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. Two more UK bases, at Birmingham Airport and London Stansted Airport, were opened in March 2017.
As of May 2019, the Jet2.com fleet consists of the following aircraft:
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