- Jet Airways to start taking flight from early next year
- The company has started with the hiring process
- As of now, Jet Airways’ aircraft can be seen parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai
Jet Airways aircraft have not seen the sky in over 2 years, however, the company is set to sail the skies yet again, in the domestic borders, in the first quarter of 2022, said the successful resolution applicant of the carrier Jalan Kalrock Consortium, on Monday, as reported by Reuters.
The airline is also planning to launch short-haul international flights subsequently.
Murari Lal Jalan, the Lead Member of the Jalan Kalrock Consortium who is also the proposed Non-Executive Chairman of Jet Airways, said, “Jet Airways 2.0 aims at restarting domestic operations by Q1-2022, and short haul international operations by Q3/Q4 2022”.
In an official statement, the consortium said that the process of reviving the grounded carrier is on track with the existing Air Operator Certificate (AOC) already under process for revalidation.
The consortium further said that it is working closely with the relevant authorities as well as the airport coordinators on slot allocation, required airport infrastructure and night parking.
Jalan said that the airline would have a fleet of over 50 aircraft in the coming 3 years while they target to have more than 100 in 5 years.
Jalan said, “The aircraft are being selected based on competitive long term leasing solutions”. Accountable Manager and the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jet Airways, Captain Sudhir Gaur said that the airline will start with domestic operations on an all narrow-body aircraft fleet leased from major global aircraft lessors.
In the meantime, Jet Airways has also begun its hiring activities as India’s private carrier gets closer to be back on the skies.
In a tweet, Jet Airways shared that it has started hiring professionals and looks to on-board them soon.
Earlier in June, the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the resolution plan which was submitted by the Kalrock Capital and Murari Lal Jalan consortium. The bankruptcy court’s go-ahead came several months after the creditors of Jet Airways had given their approval which happened in October last year to the resolution plan submitted by the consortium.
Jet Airways had suspended operations on April 17, 2019, owing to financial distress and had been undergoing a resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) for more than two years.