Jet Airways will likely get its air operator’s permit this week to take to the skies, more than three years after it was grounded, said a govt official. The airline conducted its first of three sets of proving flights for the permit on Sunday, May 15. It conducted the other two on Tuesday, May 17.
In a statement on Tuesday, May 17 the spokesperson of the Jalan-Kalrock Consortium stated, “We have successfully conducted our proving flights over two days, and we now look forward to the grant of the AOC by the DGCA.”
The two proving flights on Tuesday, May 17 were conducted on Delhi-Hyderabad and Hyderabad-Delhi routes using the carrier’s Boeing 737 plane. The flight had 31 people on board, including officials from the aviation regulator.
Proving flights is the last step for the airline to obtain the AOC. A total of five landings (five flights) have to be done by the aircraft to successfully complete its proving flights.
On May 8, the ministry of civil aviation granted security clearance to the grounded carrier. The approval was given based on a nod from the ministry of home affairs. In a letter, an official conveyed “security clearance for change in shareholding pattern” in the airline.
The new owners of Jet, a consortium of Kalrock Capital and middle east-based businessman Murari Lal Jalan applied for the security clearance on December 13, 2021. In April, the airline appointed industry veteran Sanjiv Kapoor, former chief strategy and commercial officer at Vistara, as its CEO.
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Jet already has more than 150 employees on its rolls and the airline is also speaking to vendors, including lessors, for the relaunch. The airline plans to restart commercial flight operations in the July-September quarter this year.
Jet Airways stopped operating in April 2019, burdened under piling losses, debt and dues. It was admitted for insolvency proceedings by the National Company Law Tribunal in June 2019.
After two years of a rambling insolvency process, the bankruptcy court approved the Jalan-Kalrock consortium’s resolution plan in June last year. Jet Airways’ flying licence or AOP was made dormant, months after it stopped flying.