Jet Airways Invites Applications For Pilots, Aims Commercial Operations From September

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In a bid to restart commercial operations in the current quarter ending September, Jet Airways on Tuesday announced it has started the process of hiring pilots for Airbus’ A320 aircraft, Boeing’s 737NG and 737Max planes. The beleaguered airline, which had suspended operations since April 17, 2019, over financial distress, intends to recommence commercial operations in the current quarter, reported news agency PTI.

The airline’s tweet on Tuesday inviting applications for pilots reads, “Inviting pilots who are current and type-rated on the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737NG or MAX aircraft, to apply to join us in creating history as we prepare to relaunch India’s classiest airline.”

The job advertisement mentioned type-rates captain or first officer on the Airbus A320, or Boeing 737NG/737 MAC aircraft can apply for a chance to create history together.

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Spreading positivity around the fresh hirings, the airline wrote, “Good things come to those that wait – Jet Airways will be flying again soon!”

However, the airline, which had received an air operator certificate from aviation regulator DGCA on May 20, is yet to place an order for aircraft with either European planemaker Airbus or American aerospace company Boeing, according to the report.

As of now, the ailing airline has just one operational aircraft-B737NG in its fleet.  After flying for more than two decades, Jet Airways was forced to suspend operations due to financial distress and a consortium of lenders, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), filed an insolvency petition in June 2019 to recover outstanding dues worth over Rs8,000 crore, the report added.

It is only in October 2020, that the airline’s Committee of Creditors (CoC) approved the resolution plan submitted by the consortium of the UK’s Kalrock Capital and UAE-based entrepreneur Murari Lal Jalan.

In June 2021, the resolution plan was approved by the National Company Law Tribunal.

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