A group leading the effort to revive the grounded Indian carrier Jet Airways has stated they plan for a comeback of the airline in early 2022.
After ceasing operations due to financial problems in 2019, the effort to revive the airline is being led by the London-based Kalrock-Jalan Consortium. According to the group, the process for the airline to return to the skies is on track with the eixisting Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in the process of revalidation.
“Jet Airways 2.0 aims at restarting domestic operations by Q1-2022, and short haul international operations by Q3/Q4 2022. Our plan is to have 50+ aircraft in 3 years and 100+ in 5 years which also fits perfectly well with the short-term and long-term business plan of the Consortium," said UAE businessman Murari Lal Jalan, lead member of the London-based Jalan Kalrock Consortium and the proposed Non-Executive Chairman of Jet Airways.
According to the airline, the new version of Jet Airways will be based in Delhi instead of its previous base at Mumbai. The group has stated it will continue to have a significate presence in Mumbai where the airline plans to conduct in-house training for staff at its “Global One” facility. At present the airline has hired more than 150 full-time employees and plans to hire more than 1000 in 2022.
The plans to revive Jet Airways comes after India's National Companies Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the revival plan for the carrier in June.
With the announced plans to revive Jet Airways, the Jalan-Kalrock Consortium stated it is working with authorities and airport coordinators on slot allocation, required airport infrastructure, and night parking.