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Jet2.com’s Maiden Voyages to the Big Apple

18th November 2011

  • Leading leisure airline celebrates East Midlands Airport’s first flight to New York
  • First Jet2.com New York flight from Glasgow

There were big celebrations this morning as Jet2.com celebrated the take off of the first ever flight to New York from East Midlands Airport. Simultaneous celebrations were happening in Glasgow for Jet2.com’s first New York shopping flight from Scotland.

Celebrations for the NY maiden flight

Customers from the Midlands region checking in for the special direct Christmas shopping flight to the iconic US city were treated to an American-style send off as cheerleaders and members of the Derby University American Football team led the party.  Jet2.com and East Midlands Airport gave excited customers the red carpet treatment, serving breakfast bagels and champagne before passengers boarded the early morning flight.

The leading leisure airline celebrated its first year at the airport in May this year and in the short time has doubled its presence with two aircraft and 15 city and sun destinations. Further expansion is planned for 2012 with a third aircraft which is expected to bring an additional 50 jobs to the region.

Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of Jet2.com, said: “The fantastic celebrations today show how delighted we are to be the first company to operate a New York flight from East Midlands Airport. It is a reflection of how much we have achieved in just over eighteen months since we started flying from the region.

“Our New York shopping trips have been very popular from both our Leeds Bradford and Newcastle bases, so it’s great to be able to bring this to the people of the East Midlands.  Local passengers have been calling for this route since we arrived and we have responded with a flight, perfectly timed to take a Christmas shopping trip.

Colleges celebrate the NY maiden flight

Stephen Turner, Commercial and Marketing Director East Midlands Airport, said: “Today marks a significant day in the airport’s history. For the first time, passengers from the East Midlands region have been able to fly direct to New York from their local airport.

“We have received incredible support for this flight from the region and we remain committed to working closely with Jet2.com to secure the destinations that our passengers want.”

November 18, 2011 at 12:45