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JetLite to merge with parent carrier Jet Airways

3 Sep 2015 | By Vaneet Randhawa

Jet Airways announced that its board had authorized the amalgamation of the low-cost auxiliary JetLite with the parent airline.

Shares of Jet Airways rose over 3% in trade after the announcement was made

The merger is endeavored to strengthen the airline's resolutions to provide a "consistent, single-brand product and service...leading to a stronger market presence".

In context: JetLite's battle for survival

20 Apr 2007Sahara makes way for JetLite

Air Sahara which was a part of Sahara Airlines (rebranded in Dec 2000) is JetLite's mother company.

On 12 April 2007, Air Sahara was bought by Jet Airways for Rs.14.50 billion.

Thus, Jet gained a domestic market share of ~32%.

Air Sahara was renamed JetLite and the deal became official on 20 April 2007 after Jet Airways paid an initial sum of Rs.4 billion.

A failed attempt to takeover Air Sahara

Before the deal in 2007 came through, Jet Airways had attempted their first takeover of Air Sahara on 19 January 2006, offering $500 million (Rs.20 billion) in cash for the airline.
JetLite to be clubbed with JetKonnect

19 Mar 2012JetLite to be clubbed with JetKonnect

Jet Airways in a structural rebranding decided to merge its budget JetLite with its no-frills brand JetKonnect.

This is done to amalgamate both the arms and make one low-cost carrier brand.

This was an indication of how JetKonnect had a more successful business-model and the one that the company wanted to take forward.

However, JetLite would still operate under its own airline operating permits.

Jet puts money in a no frills carrier

JetKonnect was launched in May 2009 as the low carrier arm of Jet Airways in order to compete in the no-frills category.

15 Oct 2014JetLite in soup as pilots quit enmasse

Unhappy with the Jet Airways' administration, pilots of subsidiary JetLite solicited a meeting with controller Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

The meeting was due to the company's policy of six-month notice period ahead of leaving the company. They demanded its waiver.

Over 70 of the 189 JetLite pilots had decided to quit to join Indigo and Vistara - the rival airlines.

2 Dec 2014JetLites' official discontinuation begins

Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways officially began to discontinue JetLite by giving out its "full-service products" on all flights across the domestic sectors.

The discontinuation process will take over a year to get implemented in entirety.

The transit is a part of a board-approved sales strategy announced in August to facilitate the company's return to profitability.

13 Aug 2015Konnect to phase out to boost JetLite

Jet Airways decided to phase out Konnect in its bid to switch to a single brand and give "service continuity" to its international travellers.

The move was to establish subsidiary JetLite's performance so that customers don't get confused with 2 low-fare carriers.

Moreover, Jet Airways has been planning to transfer all its 18 ATR turboprop planes to JetLite (the plan has been on hold.)

3 Sep 2015JetLite to merge with parent carrier Jet Airways