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Jet2.com

Jet2.com Limited,[3] also known simply as Jet2, is a British low-cost leisure airline offering scheduled and charter flights from the United Kingdom. As of 2019, it is the third-largest scheduled airline in the UK, behind EasyJet and British Airways.[4] Its headquarters is located at Leeds Bradford Airport,[5] with further bases at Alicante-Elche, Belfast-International, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife-South. 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.[]

History

Origins

Jet2.com Limited is a subsidiary of Jet2 plc, an aviation services group. The airline began operating commercial aircraft in 1983 under the name Channel Express,[6] 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.

Formative years

A Jet2.com Boeing 737-300 in the former livery

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 and Edinburgh.

In 2006 the company relocated from Bournemouth to Leeds and was renamed Jet2.com Limited.[7]

Expansion

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 hubs outside the North of England and Scotland. The base at East Midlands Airport opened in May 2010.[8]

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.[9] The seasonal flights to New York have continued annually and now run from five of its UK bases.

In 2010, the airline announced an eighth base at Glasgow Airport would be opened in April 2011, with an initial nine routes.[10] The base was opened on 31 March, slightly earlier than scheduled.

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.[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, 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.[13] In December 2016, Jet2.com announced that it had ordered a further four Boeing 737-800 aircraft, bringing the total on order to 34.[14] In 2019, Jet2.com received delivery of its 34th new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, taking its permanent and leased fleet size to over 100 aircraft.[15]

Recent years

Jet2 aircraft grounded at Leeds Bradford Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic

In 2019 Jet2.com carried a record 14.39 million passengers on 82,931 flights. This was an increase of over 18% over the year prior.[]

Due to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic, Jet2.com announced they were suspending flight operations until at least 15 July 2020.[16] The airline continued to operate repatriation flights for British citizens overseas.

17 Aug 2020, Jet2 announced via BALPA, that they would be laying off 102 pilots from various UK bases, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[17]

On 11 November 2020, Jet2.com & Jet2holidays announced that they would open their tenth UK base at Bristol Airport on 1 April 2021, operating to 33 destinations.[18]

Corporate affairs

A Jet2.com Boeing 757-200 in Jet2holidays livery

Subsidiaries

In 2007, sister company Jet2holidays was launched offering customers and travel agents ATOL and ABTA protected package holidays.

On 29 April 2015, sister company Jet2CityBreaks was launched. In June 2017, Jet2.com launched Jet2Villas through its Jet2holidays brand.[19]

Ownership

Jet2.com is wholly owned by Jet2 plc (formerly Dart Group PLC), a holding company based in Leeds, England. Its head office is located in the Low Fare Finder House on the grounds of Leeds Bradford Airport.

Statistics

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% Increase014.8%
2017 9,695,445 58,541 90.6% Increase030.7%
2018 12,170,681 70,963 91.4% Increase025.5%
2019 14,393,162 82,931 90.9% Increase018.3%
Source: United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority[20]

Head office

Low Fare Finder House, the head office of Jet2.com

Jet2.com's Registered office, Low Fare Finder House,[21] is located on the grounds of Leeds Bradford International Airport. Construction of the facility broke ground in 2006, in order to accommodate pilots, cabin crew, and back of house operations.[22]

In April 2013, Jet2.com moved its Customer Contact, Finance, IT, Human Resources, Commercial and Marketing departments to a new office; "Holiday House" located within the city centre of Leeds.[23] In September 2014, the airline opened a new £9.5 million training academy at Euroway Industrial Estate in Bradford.[24]

Destinations

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 nine additional operating bases across the United Kingdom alongside overseas bases at Alicante-Elche Airport, Palma de Mallorca Airport[25] and Tenerife South Airport.[26]

Biggest bases of Jet2.com (June 2020)
Rank Airport IATA Destinations
1. Manchester MAN 66[27]
2. Birmingham BHX 64[28]
3. Leeds/Bradford LBA 62[29]
4. London-Stansted STN 54[30]
5. Newcastle upon Tyne NCL 44[31]
6. East Midlands EMA 43[32]
7. Glasgow GLA 40[33]
8. Edinburgh EDI 37[34]
9. Bristol BRS 33[35]
10. Belfast-International BFS 29[36]

Fleet

A Jet2.com Boeing 737-800
A Jet2.com Boeing 757-200

Current fleet

As of July 2020, the Jet2.com fleet not including wet/damp leases consists of the following aircraft.[37][38]

Jet2.com fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A321-200 1 3 220 G-HLYF (former Condor aircraft) in Jet2holidays livery[39]
Boeing 737-300 7 148
Boeing 737-800 74 189
Boeing 757-200 8 235
Total 91 3

Former fleet

Jet2.com former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-300SF 1 2006 2017 Passenger to Freighter conversion.[40][41]
Boeing 737-300BDQC 5 2003 2020
Boeing 737-300QC 4 2005 2018 Quick Change configuration.

References

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Terms & Conditions - Jet2.com". jet2.com.
  3. ^ jet.com - Terms retrieved 16 February 2019
  4. ^ "All Scheduled Services 2018 - Civil Aviation Authority (2019)" (PDF). CAA.co.uk. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. pp. 97-98.
  6. ^ "Welcome - Dart Group plc". dartgroup.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Companies House - English Company 02739537". Wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "BBC - New airline routes promise jobs". BBC News. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Cheap flights to & from New-York | Book Online Today!". Jet2.com. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Airline data annual reports 2017 | UK Civil Aviation Authority". www.caa.co.uk. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Jet2 takes delivery of new aircraft as part of East Mids Airport expansion plans". Derbyshire Times. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "New Manchester Hangar is Open for Business - Jet2.com". www.jet2.com.
  14. ^ "Four More New Aircraft for Jet2.com and Jet2holidays". www.jet2.com (Press release). Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Jet2.com celebrates delivery of 100th aircraft". Travel Weekly. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Coronavirus (COVID-19) update". Jet2.com.
  17. ^ "Jet2 is making over 100 pilots redundant at its UK bases". The Independent. 17 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ https://www.jet2.com/News/Announcing_our_tenth_UK_base_%E2%80%93_Bristol_Airport/
  19. ^ "Jet2Villas launches". www.jet2.com (Press release). Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "UK Airline Data". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Jet2.com Terms Of Use Archived 16 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Jet2.com. Retrieved on 31 December 2011. "Registered office: Low Fare Finder House, Leeds Bradford Airport, Leeds, LS19 7TU."
  22. ^ "Jet2.com builds on its foundations at Leeds Bradford - literally!" Jet2. 6 February 2006. Retrieved on 5 January 2011.
  23. ^ "Yorkshire Post - 200 jobs in pipeline as Jet2 moves to new office". Yorkshire Post Newspapers. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  24. ^ "Telegraph & Argus - New £9 million airline training base opens in Bradford". Telegraph & Argus. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  25. ^ "About Us - Dart Group". Dart Group.
  26. ^ "Jet2 opens operational base at Tenerife South". ch-aviation.com. 22 November 2019.
  27. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/manchester-destinations-map
  28. ^ https://www.jet2.com/destinations/birmingham-destinations-map
  29. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/leeds-bradford-destinations-map
  30. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/london-stansted-destinations-map
  31. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/newcastle-destinations-map
  32. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/east-midlands-destinations-map
  33. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/glasgow-destinations-map
  34. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/edinburgh-destinations-map
  35. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/bristol-destinations-map
  36. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/belfast-destinations-map
  37. ^ "GINFO Search". Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 2019. Search term "JET2.COM" or "Dart Group" as the AOC Holder
  38. ^ https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Jet2
  39. ^ "G-HLYF Jet2 Airbus A321-200". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2020.
  40. ^ "jet2 accelerates b737 freighter fleet phase out". ch-aviation. 16 January 2017.
  41. ^ "Airworthiness Approval Notes No 28585". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). 17 May 2004.

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