Etihad currently owns a 24% share of Jet Airways, and they have had a tight partnership for a while now, and with this latest expansion plans it seems to be getting even tighter.
From early 2017 Etihad and Jet Airways will expand by an additional 28 weekly flights between Abu Dahbi and India, and adding 3 new Indian cities to their network connection directly from Abu Dhabi.
The new routes will be operated bu Jet Airways, and I guess by their Boeing 737-800 aircrafts, which features 16 business class seats and 124 economy class seats.
The new routes are going (subject to regulatory approval) to connect Abu Dhabi to Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, Kannur, a new airport in Kerla and the city of Chandigarh in Punjab.
In addition there will be several increases on the frequency between Abu Dhabi and some of the more popular routes in India, and in total there will be 280 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and India by 2nd quarter 2017. Etihad currenlty operates to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram. Jet Airways offers the additional Indian cities of Pune, Lucknow, Goa and Mangalore. There will also be a variety of aircraft operating the routes. Jet Airways currently operates only Boeing 737s to Abu Dhabi, but Etihad operates all of their Airbus 320 family aircraft India, in addition to the Boeing 777 to New Delhi and the Airbus A380 to Mumbai.