logo =Jetlite_logo.jpg
fleet_size=25 (+10 orders)
parent=Jet Airways
company_slogan=Emotionally Yours
headquarters=New Delhi
key_people= Subrata Roy (founder), Naresh Goyal (Owner, Jetairways & jetlite)

*Indira Gandhi International Airport
*Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
*Rajiv Gandhi International Airport


*Chennai International Airport
*Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
*Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

frequent_flyer= Jet Privilege

JetLite, formerly Air Sahara, is an airline based in New Delhi, India. Controlled by Jet Airways, the airline operates scheduled services connecting metropolitan centres in India. The airline also provides helicopters which are available for charter services and aerial photography. Its main base is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, with hubs at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. The focus cities are Chennai International Airport, Chennai, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport,Ahmedabad and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkatacite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | pages= 65-66 | date= 2007-03-27] .


The airline was established on 20 September 1991 and began operations on 3 December 1993 with two Boeing 737-200 aircraft as Sahara Airlines. Initially services were primarily concentrated in the northern sectors of India, keeping Delhi as its base, and then operations were extended to cover all the country. Sahara Airlines was rebranded as Air Sahara on 2 October 2000, although Sahara Airlines remains the carrier's registered name. On 22 March 2004 it became an international carrier with the start of flights from Chennai to Colombo. It is part of the major Sahara India Pariwar business conglomerate. The uncertainty over the airline's fate has caused its share of the domestic Indian air transport market go down from approximately 11% in January 2006 to a reported 8.5% in April.

Buyout by Jet Airways

Jet Airways announced its first takeover attempt on January 19 2006, offering US$500 million (2000 crore) in cash for the airline. [ [] ] Market reaction to the deal was mixed, with many analysts suggesting that Jet Airways was paying too much for Air Sahara. The Indian Civil Aviation Ministry gave approval in principle, but the deal was eventually called off over disagreements over price and the appointment of Jet chairman Naresh Goyal to the Air Sahara board. Following the failure of the deal, the companies filed lawsuits seeking damages from each other [ [ BBC News] ]

A second, eventually successful attempt was made on April 12, 2007 with Jet Airways agreeing to pay 1,450 crore rupees ($340 million). The deal gave Jet a combined domestic market share of about 32%. [ [ ] " [] "]

On April 16th Jet Airways announced that Air Sahara will be renamed as JetLite. [ Jet renames Air Sahara 'Jetlite'] "", April 16 2007] The takeover was officially completed on April 20th, when Jet Airways paid Rs. 400 crore.


JetLite operates the following services (as of July 2008 [ [ Flight Network - JetLite ] ] )

*Andaman & Nicobar Islands
**Port Blair - (Vir Savarkar Airport)
*Andhra Pradesh
**Hyderabad - (Shamshabad Airport)
**Visakhapatnam - (Visakhapatnam Airport)
**Dibrugarh - (Mohanbari Airport)
**Guwahati - (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport)
**Patna - (Jayaprakash Airport)
**(Chandigarh Airport)
**(Indira Gandhi Airport)
**Vasco da Gama - (Dabolim Airport)
**Ahmedabad - (Sardar Patel Airport)
*Jammu and Kashmir
**Jammu - (Satwari Airport)
**Srinagar - (Sheikh ul Alam Airport)
**Ranchi - (Birsa Munda Airport)
**Bangalore - (Bangalore Airport)
**Kochi - (Nedumbassery Airport)
*Madhya Pradesh
**Indore - (Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport)
**Aurangabad - (Chikkalthana Airport)
**Mumbai - (Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport)
**Nagpur - (Sonegaon Airport)
**Pune - (Lohegaon Airport)
**Imphal - (Imphal Airport)
**Bhubaneswar - (Biju Patnaik Airport)
**Jaipur - (Sanganer Airport)
*Tamil Nadu
**Chennai - (Meenambakkam Airport)
**Coimbatore - (Peelamedu Airport)
**Allahabad - (Bamrauli Airport)
**Gorakhpur - (Gorakhpur Airport)
**Lucknow - (Amausi Airport)
*West Bengal
**Kolkata - (Subhash Chandra Bose Airport)

*Kathmandu - (Tribhuvan Airport);Sri Lanka
*Colombo - (Bandaranaike Airport)


Jetlite planned expanding international operations to Bangkok, Islamabad, Karachi, Sharjah and Dubai in 2008 but has put them on hold [] [] .

Former destinations

Jetlite did not retain Air Sahara's Far Eastern routes Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, but kept Colombo and Kathmandu which were also served the by the former airline.


The JetLite fleet includes the following aircraft (at 28th May 2008) [ [ Air Sahara Website - Fleet] ] :

JetLite average fleet age is 6.5 years old in June 2006 [ [ Air Sahara Fleet Age] ] .

JetLite also operates Helicopters on non-scheduled routes.
*3 Ecureuil Helicopter
*1 Dauphin Helicopter

ee also

* Jet Airways


External links

* [ JetLite official website]
* [ List of low cost carriers operating in India]

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