Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have taken delivery of the first of 30 new next generation 737-800 aircraft from Boeing in a major milestone for its growth and development strategy.
Coming into operation in the next few weeks, the plane is the first of 30 new 737-800 aircraft to be delivered over the next two years. The aircraft have an approximate list price of $2.9bn, but Jet2 said it had negotiated significant discounts from this price.They will increase the company’s fleet size while also making further product improvements in line with its family friendly ethos.
Steve Heapy, chief executive at Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said:
“The arrival of these new aircraft to our successful fleet is a huge milestone in the history of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays and demonstrates how committed we are to investing in growing our business and providing more choice, comfort and quality than ever before to our passengers. As we continue to flourish and fly millions of holidaymakers to more destinations than ever before, these new aircraft will help us to increase our capacity and fulfill our growth ambitions.”
The delivery is the latest stage in the growth story of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays since flights began from Leeds Bradford Airport in 2003. Since then, the company has expanded to become the fourth largest registered airline in the UK, flying more than six million passengers last financial year. As a result of this growth, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have launched their biggest ever flights and holidays program for summer 2017, and for the financial year which ended on 31 March 2016 this combined leisure travel business company has increased revenues by 15 per cent to £1.26bn.