The planned relaunch of Jet Airways is likely to face further delays, with the airline continuing to face serious operational challenges that remain unresolved, casting doubt on its ability to meet its initial deadline of restarting flight operations by September.
Jet Airways emerged from bankruptcy proceedings with a change of ownership and planned to launch services during the September quarter after receiving the air operator certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on 20 May.
However, clarity is still awaited from the airline on the aircraft pipeline, and an announcement is awaited on the same in a few months.
In July, the airline initiated the hiring method for pilots for Airbus A320, Boeing 737NG and Boeing 737MAX aircraft. Thus far, the airline has inducted two hundred employees.
“We see that the airline is severe and is desperate to begin flights. However, they need to determine the aircraft and method. The regulator engages within the slotting procedure and different steps part of the method before beginning flights. This could take at least weeks after the airline declares its aircraft order. A launch of flights this month is unlikely.”A senior official stated.
Jet airways shut operations in April 2019 because of a severe financial crisis. For two years, the airline underwent a resolution technique beneath the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
The airline is set to induct a few planes on hire for initial operations however has been in talks with both Airbus and Boeing for an order of new aircraft.
The airline is considering Airbus A320, A220 and Boeing B737 MAX options for the new aircraft order they delivered. Even as Jet airways was a complete-carrier provider before it became grounded, the new Jet airways will probably offer a mix of low-price and premium offerings.
As we’ve always maintained, this is a marathon, no longer a dash, and we’re centred on getting the acceptable viable contracts for aircraft and engines to secure our destiny, the Jalan-Kalrock consortium spokesperson stated.