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Jet Flights to resume by March 2022, first flight on Delhi-Mumbai route

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Jet Airways is all set to resume domestic operations by March of 2022, with its inaugural flight from New Delhi to Mumbai, while its international flights will be operational by the second half of next year.

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The process of reviving the grounded carrier is on track with the existing Air Operator Certificate (AOC) already under process for revalidation, said the company in a statement.

“Jet Airways 2.0 aims at restarting domestic operations by Q1-2022, and short haul international operations by Q3/Q4 2022. Our plan is to have 50+ aircraft in 3 years and 100+ in 5 years which also fits perfectly well with the short-term and long-term business plan of the Consortium,” said UAE businessman Murari Lal Jalan, lead member of the London-based Jalan Kalrock Consortium and the proposed Non-Executive Chairman of Jet Airways.

“The aircraft are being selected based on competitive long term leasing solutions. It is the first time in the history of aviation that an airline grounded for more than two years is being revived and we are looking forward to being a part of this historic journey. The brand Jet Airways has a huge loyalty-base and we are confident that we will be able to capitalise and create new benchmarks. We would like to assure all our loyal Jet Airways guests that your favourite airline will soon be back in the skies,” Jalan added.

Crippled by mounting losses, the airline, once India’s biggest private carrier, was forced to ground all flights in April 2019, owing billions to lenders and leaving thousands without a job. However, the airlines has become the first Indian carrier to be revived under the bankruptcy laws. In its new avatar, Jet will be based in Delhi NCR and not Mumbai like Jet Airways 1.0.

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The process for revalidating Jet’s existing air operator certificate (AOC or licence) is on. The consortium is working closely with the relevant authorities and airport coordinators on slot allocation, required airport infrastructure, and night parking.

Senior members of the Jalan Kalrock Consortium along with Jet 2.0 operations team led by the newly appointed Captain Sudhir Gaur, accountable manager, and acting CEO visited key airports last month and held productive meetings with them.

Captain Gaur said: “In its new avatar, Jet Airways will now be headquartered in Delhi NCR with its senior management working from the corporate office at Gurugram. However, Jet Airways will continue to have strong and significant presence in Mumbai where it will work from its ‘Global One’ office in Kurla. Jet Airways also has a state-of-the-art training centre located at Global One, which will be retained and used for in-house training for the Jet Airways team.”

“We will start with domestic operations on an all narrow-body aircraft fleet leased from major global aircraft lessors who have approached us, and with whom we continue to engage. Jet Airways has already hired 150+ full time employees on its payroll and we are looking to onboard another 1,000+ employees FY 2021-22 across categories. The hiring will be in a phased manner and will be strictly on merit, to meet the operational requirements of the airline. The team at Jet Airways is committed to ensure that Jet Airways will restart its operations with its first flight from New Delhi to Mumbai by Q1 2022,” Captain Gaur added.

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