Archive is 15 today!

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February 12, 2018 at 14:59

It all began in 2003, and more than 65 million customers later, we are celebrating 15 years since our first day of flying!

To mark the occasion, celebrations took place at our first ever base, Leeds Bradford Airport, where exactly 15 years ago our first flight took off to Amsterdam. Customers and colleagues were surprised by celebrity guest, Peter Andre, who serenaded them with a special rendition of Happy Birthday before their flight departed.

Back in 2003, we had two aircraft serving nine destinations, since then we have grown to become the UK’s third largest airline with a fleet of 88* aircraft flying to 65 sun, city and ski destinations from nine UK bases.

From Leeds Bradford Airport alone, has carried over 23 million customers. Its growth has seen us grow the number of colleagues in Yorkshire from 80 to over 2,000 and means we will operate a fleet of 15 aircraft at the airport this summer. Today, we fly to 54 destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport.

To mark our 15th anniversary celebrations, we are giving one lucky customer the chance to win 15 free return flights with our ’15 Seconds of Fame’ competition. All you have to do is create a video to capture the spirit of 15 runners up will also win a pair of free flights.

Did you know, in the last 15 years we have:

  • Carried more than 65 million customers, including more than 23 million to and from its first base Leeds Bradford
  • Served over seven million cups of tea and two million KitKats!
  • Launched from eight new bases, including the start of flights from Birmingham and London Stansted in March 2017
  • Won numerous awards for customer service, including Best Airline – UK and Best Low Cost Airline – Europe in the inaugural TripAdvisor Excellence Awards for Airlines.
  • Increased our fleet size from six to 88* with 34 brand new Boeing 737-800 being delivered between September 2016 and January 2019.

Steve Lee, Commercial Director of and Jet2holidays, who was on the company’s first ever flight back in 2003 said: “Today marks 15 years of and is a great chance to look back on what has been achieved since we launched. The things that mattered to customers 15 years ago, such as VIP customer service, great flight times and value, are just as important today and that is what we have focused on resolutely for the past decade and a half.

“Our family friendly formula means we have expanded to become the third largest airline, whilst winning a string of accolades at the same time. As we look forward to the next 15 years and beyond, our commitment to those same values remains at the heart of everything we do.”

Last year, we also celebrated 10 years of package holiday specialist Jet2holidays, which is today the UK’s second largest tour operator. Through Jet2holidays we offer great value ATOL protected package holidays to over 40 top sun destinations, with thousands of 2-5 star hotels available and flights with

The popularity of our friendly low fares, great flight times and generous 22kg baggage allowance (plus 10kg hand baggage) has enabled the airline to enjoy this growth. We have won numerous awards for customer service, including Best Airline – UK and Best Low Cost Airline – Europe in the Inaugural Trip Advisor Excellence Awards and Airlines.