Jet Airways has appointed four new senior executives days after aviation regulator DGCA granted a revalidated Air Operator Certificate, allowing the airline to resume commercial flight operations. The AOC was granted to the airline on May 20.
The fresh AOC received by Jet Airways has a one-year validity, according to a copy of the certificate. Jet Airways’ previous AOC under the ownership of Goyal was issued on 13 February 1995 and expired after the airline was grounded in 2019.
The airline on Monday, May 23 said that it has appointed Prabh Sharan Singh as its chief digital officer, H R Jagannath as vice president of engineering, Mark Turner as vice president of inflight product and services and Vishesh Khanna as vice president of sales, distribution and customer engagement.
The airline said Singh will take charge on June 1, Jagannath has taken charge on Monday, May 23, Turner will take charge on June 15 and Khanna will join the airline sometime in July.
Singh’s rich experience spanning nearly 20 years includes stints at Etihad Airways, where he worked as a strategy and portfolio lead within the carrier’s digital technology and innovation division, and at Kingfisher Airlines, where he worked as general manager – commercial alliances, the airline mentioned.
Jagannath has over 40 years of aviation experience and he most recently served as chief executive officer of Air India Engineering Services, it noted.
Turner — who also has more than 40 years of aviation experience — led Jet Airways’ inflight services team between 2008 and 2011 and has held senior management positions at Gulf Air, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Fiji Airways, it said.
Khanna joins the airline from VFS Global Ltd, where he currently serves as Business Head e-Visa, it mentioned. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the aviation and travel sectors across B2C (business-to-customer) and B2B (business-to-business) sales, having held executive positions at various airlines in the past.
Earlier this year, the Jalan Kalrock Consortium appointed Sanjiv Kapoor as CEO, Vipula Gunatilleka as CFO, and Capt. PP Singh as Vice President- Flight Operations and Accountable Manager, Alphonso Dass as Vice President – Airports & Airport Training, Nakul Tuteja as Vice President – Human Resources & Administration, and Ronit Baugh as General Manager & Head of PR and Corporate Communications.
The airline has also appointed the Heads of other key departments, details of which will be revealed in due course.
Founded by entrepreneur Naresh Goyal, the airline ran for about 25 years before it shuttered operations in April 2019 amid a massive cash crunch. The carrier is now owned by a consortium of UAE-based businessman Murarilal Jalan and British investor Kalrock Capital.
Launched in 1993, Jet Airways grew to become synonymous with premium air travel for discerning travellers in India. Before it suspended operations in April 2019, Jet Airways flew to over 65 destinations in India and across the world with 124 narrow-body and wide-body aircraft.
Financial distress forced Jet Airways, which flew for more than two decades, to suspend operations on April 17, 2019, and a consortium of lenders, led by State Bank of India filed an insolvency petition in June 2019 to recover outstanding dues worth over INR 8,000 crore.
In October 2020, the airline’s Committee of Creditors (CoC) approved the resolution plan submitted by the consortium of the UK’s Kalrock Capital and the UAE-based entrepreneur Murari Lal Jalan. In June 2021, the resolution plan was approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).