A holiday operator which has sent more than 65 million people reach their dream destinations is celebrating 15 years since its first flight.
Jet2.com, which operates from Birmingham Airport, marked the milestone with celebrations at its first-ever base, Leeds Bradford Airport, where its first flight took off to Amsterdam.
The company started operating from Birmingham Airport last year, and has flown 800,000 customers since then. It now flies to 39 destinations from its newest base.
Customers and staff, including colleagues who worked at the airline on its first day of operations and who were on the company's maiden flight, were joined by singer Peter Andre for a morning of celebration.
The celebrity guest surprised customers at check-in and even boarded the aircraft to serenade customers and staff with a special "Happy Birthday" rendition.
He also launched a competition called "15 Seconds of Fame" to mark the 15th anniversary.
By creating a video to "capture the spirit of Jet2.com", one customer can win 15 free return flights and 15 runners up can win a pair of free flights.
Back in 2003, the firm's first flight took off, with two aircraft serving nine destinations from Leeds Bradford that first year.
The company has since 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.
Since the first day of flying in February 2003, the airline has:
- Carried more than 65 million customers including 800,000 to and from Birmingham Airport in less than a year.
- Served more than seven million cups of tea and two million KitKats.
- Launched from eight new bases, including the start of flights from Birmingham Airport in 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 its fleet size from six to 88 with 34 brand new Boeing 737-800 being delivered between September 2016 and January 2019.
The growth at its Birmingham Airport base means it will operate a fleet of eight aircraft at the airport this summer, to support a huge increase in capacity which has more than doubled since last summer.
Steve Lee, commercial director of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, who was on the company's first ever flight back in 2003, said: "This marks 15 years of Jet2.com and is a great chance to look back on what has been achieved since we launched, not just at our first base but all of our bases including Birmingham Airport.
"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, while 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, the company also celebrated 10 years of package holiday specialist Jet2holidays, which is today the UK's second-largest tour operator.
As a result of this growth, the company has launched its biggest ever flights and holidays programme for summer 2018.