Why I fly Jet Airways to India

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LAST WEEK I FLEW home to Canada from India on Jet Airways. I was lucky to be upgraded to Business Class, where I had a single window seat to myself. In an enviable state of comfort and privacy, I watched four Bollywood movies during the flights from Delhi to Brussels, and then Brussels to Toronto. I chatted about Bollywood star Akshay Kumar (who I met about two weeks ago in Delhi) with the flight attendants.

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Aboard my Jet Airways flight to India

I ate fresh salads, Aloo Tikki Chaat, and other savoury Indian specialties, with wine. And I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was a great experience in every way, and once again confirmed my commitment to flying this airline whenever possible.

Since my first trip to India 10 years ago, I have regularly flown Jet Airways, and now choose it over most other airlines. If you don’t know, Jet Airways is India’s second largest airline, and flies both internationally and domestically. The airline was founded by Naresh Goyal in Mumbai in 1992 and is a great Indian success story. It is now partially owned by Etihad, one of the world’s great airlines (ranked #6 on this list).

Flights are on time, the service is great, web booking and checkin are flawless … Jet Airways has all the basics in place. But there are five special reasons why I am particularly fond of flying Jet Airways.

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Fresh salad, papad and wine: fantastic cultural mashup!

1. A taste of India

Indian food is one of the world’s great cuisines, beloved by many. There was even a scientific study conducted to find out why it tastes so darn good. On Jet Airways flights that serve meals, there is always an Indian food menu option that can include rice, dal, roti, curry, sweets and even packets of breath freshener. From my perspective, airline food just doesn’t get better than this.

And … not only do they offer tasty Indian dishes, Jet Airways also offers fresh salads and a wide variety of special dietary meals including gluten-free (yay!). The full list is here. (Note: you have to order at least 24 hours in advance.)

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Indian styled floral display in the Brussels business class lounge

2. In the mood

From the Indian food on the menu, to the array of Bollywood movies, to the desi staff, flying Jet Airways to India gets you in the mood to experience the culture of the subcontinent. Whether it’s your first visit to India, or your 15th, it’s fun to begin the trip with the flavour of India. You can watch the latest Bollywood hits, read India Today magazine or one of the other Indian periodicals on board, get your taste buds ready for full-on flavour and learn some Hindi. (Flight announcements are in English and Hindi.)

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One of the many friendly flight attendants on Jet Airways

3. Fly the friendly skies

From my many experiences flying Jet Airways, I can assert the flight attendants are some of the friendliest I have ever met. They exude that relaxed, happy, smiling helpfulness I find all over India.

On my most recent flight, two flight attendants searched the cabin tirelessly for my missing glasses, brought me extra bottles of water and packets of breath freshener … several times … and suggested a Bollywood movie to watch. I took their advice and watched Piku, and it was a fun road trip movie starring my favourite heart throb, Irrfan Khan. Great advice.

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A still from the movie Piku. Just an excuse to put a photo of Irrfan Khan (left) on my blog.

4. Jet Privilege miles and perks

Jet Privilege is Jet Airways’ frequent flyer program. Once you enrol, you begin collecting JP Miles, which you can redeem for reward tickets. You are also entitled to all kinds of benefits — including pre-booking your seat on international flights, which can really make a difference on long flights.

I collect JP Miles flying to and from India, and use them to book flights within India. The website is very user friendly, and using JP Miles to book reward tickets is easy.

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Jet Airways business class lounge at Brussels airport is a great place to cool your heels

5. The extras when you fly

Service in India can be spectacularly good. There is a time-honoured philosophy of welcoming visitors that is expressed in the Sanskrit saying Atithi Devo Bhava, which means Guest is God.

Throughout the Jet Airways experience, I found this Indian philosophy to be amply evident. It’s in the quality of the food, the comfort of the seats, the helpfulness of the staff, the elegance of the business class lounge, the range of entertainment available and so much more.

NOTE: Thanks to Jet Airways for providing me with a complimentary upgrade to experience your superior business class service. I have also travelled the same route in economy class and it was also a very good experience, which I recommend without hesitation.

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23 Responses to Why I fly Jet Airways to India

  1. Renuka February 10, 2016 at 1:45 am #

    Great! I, too, find Jet Airways nice. The points that you mentioned really make it a wonderful and comfy airline.

  2. Verity February 10, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    I’m not able to fly Jet Airways between India and Australia (yet), but oooh you met Akshay Kumar! What’s he like?!

  3. Lesley February 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Fantastic I have just booked our second trip to India, this time with Jet Airways, sounds like I made a good decision.

  4. Dev February 12, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    Jet Airways is good. I personally have had several great experiences with them.

  5. veena February 15, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

    I love Jet Airways as well! My family and I have been flying them since they began operations, and even after 20+ years, I still find their service absolutely amazing. And those miles certainly help! An FYI in case you didn’t already know — you can earn Jet Privilege miles for posting reviews on TripAdvisor and for staying in Hilton properties. All you have to do is link your Jet Privilege account and start accumulating miles! I don’t know how life could get better 🙂
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  6. Neal February 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Using JPMiles within India is pretty good, but I find they’re absurdly great for travel within the US and Europe as well. There are many segments with partner airlines that are 5k roundtrip in the US and 10k roundtrip in Europe.

  7. Neha February 27, 2016 at 4:39 am #

    Great Post dear..Loved it…xo, neha

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  8. ratna March 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    I totally agree with you. I just came back from a holiday in India.I chose to fly out from Toronto instead of Calgary, to travel Jet.I am glad I did.
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  9. jeetendra suvarna March 11, 2016 at 3:08 am #

    Great Blog Mariellen, I see you work hard, I am happy you like Jet, Yes ! I too love jet because I love quality, when I see quality in an Indian organization I feel its my duty to support such hard working people. (you will agree with me… we Indians need to learn a lot on quality) I do travel 18-20 times a year, most of the times i take jet.
    By the way I like your Blog…:)

  10. Asukavi Travel March 16, 2016 at 4:20 am #

    Nice post, I want to go to India end of this year, this post give me few tips and information.
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  11. Sybil Ana March 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    I have adored Jet Airways since linking through Brussels on my way to Croatia a few years ago. For the money it really is among the best budget airlines. Seat size is good, food is tasty and it has a good entertainment system and lovely staff. Great option!

  12. Mariellen Ward March 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Agree, Jet is great value for the money. It now flies through Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport.
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  13. Izy berry March 29, 2016 at 11:52 pm #

    Thanks for the information I will take your advice
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  14. Alana April 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

    I first read ‘Jetstar’ and was like whaaaaaaaaaaaat? But yes definitely agree that Jet Airways is one of the better airlines in Asia.

  15. Robert July 13, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    Thanks for the great advice on Jet Airways. We are traveling throughout India this fall and will certainly look at booking our domestic flights with this airline!

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