Jet Airways on June 24 opened hiring for cabin crew members. Posting on Twitter, Jet Airways asked former cabin crew members to join the airline once more as it prepares to start operations after going bankrupt in 2019.
“There’s really nothing like home! Inviting former Jet Airways cabin crew to come back and join us in relaunching India’s classiest airline,” the company tweeted, adding that it was currently only hiring a female crew. Jet added that it would be recruiting male cabin crew as it slowly scaled up operations and hiring.
Retweeting the airline’s announcement, Jet Airways CEO Sanjiv Kapoor wrote, “Our operational hiring has commenced, with a call out to former Jet crew. Commencement of hiring for pilots and engineers to follow in the coming days, when we make our aircraft choice reveal. (We were waiting for the Twitter poll results and advice from all armchair CEOs).”
Within just hours of posting the advertisement, the company had received over 700 CVs in response. “In the 5 hours since we posted this on social media, over 700 CVs were received. Heartwarming and emotional for all of us. Here’s to making history together!” said CEO Sanjiv Kapoor.
Jet Airways is in the process of restarting operations after the Jalan-Kalrock consortium emerged as winning bidders for the company during its insolvency process. The consortium has said Jet would start flights in 2022.
Part of the Jet Airways’ revival strategy has been bolstered by loyal employees, many of whom have once again jumped at the opportunity to be associated with an airline that had dominated Indian skies in the early 2010s.
“At present, we are more than 200 of us at Jet Airways. Of this, more than two-thirds are former Jet Airways staff. We will soon begin recruiting for operational roles (crew, engineers, technicians, etc.),” Kapoor had stated in an interview.
The Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had granted Jet Airways a revalidated Air Operator Certificate (AOC), which lets it fly commercial flights once more. Jet 2.0 will be facing another new airline, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air.
Jet Airways last flew on April 17, 2019, when it was owned by Naresh Goyal. It was forced to suspend operations due to financial problems.
Jalan-Kalrock Consortium is the current promoter of Jet Airways and the airline intends to start commercial flight operations in the July-September quarter.
The airline is planning to return with a hybrid of premium and low-cost services. It will have a two-class configuration where business class passengers will be offered services including free meals, while economy class flyers will pay for meals and other services.