Jet Airways are looking for pilots to join their ranks before the big September launch. After ceasing operations in 2019, “India’s classiest airline” is preparing for its big return. Their callout for cabin crew earlier this year was so successful it saw over 700 applications in the first five hours.

Jet’s Hiring

The airline is looking for pilots who are type-rated on the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737NG or MAX aircraft. The airline put out a post on Twitter on Tuesday, 26 July looking for current Captains and first officers.

Jet’s choice of aircraft will give us some clues as to what their future fleet may look like. The airline told Business Standard they would dispose of their current fleet of Boeing 737s and ATRs in favour of newer aircraft. Whilst it’s still unclear what the new aircraft will look like, there are rumours that Jet is close to buying 50 A220 aircraft from Airbus.

In the meantime, the airline has been in “advanced discussions with multiple lessors and all three OEMs” to lease 6-8 planes that will tide them over until a final fleet is decided. Usually, there is a long waiting list for popular narrowbodies like the A320 and B737, but Jet is looking at planes which were due to be delivered to Russian carriers before the Ukraine war.

Who are Jet Airways?

Formerly a big player on the Indian aviation scene, Jet Airways hasn’t flown since April 2019. Recently it was revived under the ownership of the Jalan-Kalrock consortium and is due to relaunch in September 2022.

Jet Airways aircraft taking off
Jet Airways used to be a major Indian airline | @ FreightWaves.com

Earlier this year, the DGCA revalidated the airline’s operator certificate, allowing them to operate flights again. Jet has been negotiating with several airport operators to secure airport slots for its launch. Prior to its close, Jet was a major national airline that operated prime slots at all major Indian airports. Once operational again, Jet will continue to focus on major domestic airports, but is considering expansion to Mumbai, Goa, and Bengaluru, among others.

Are you excited to see the return of Jet Airways? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • I am so excited and happy to know that Jet Airways are making a come back for flights from London Heathrow to Goa (India). I have been a long standing Customer of Jet Airways, also had lots of points made up. Your services, hospitality were very much admired and respected. As a Senior Citizen, making use of Wheelchair Service,
    was always delivered well. I wish you all the Best in your and great success. Look forward to travel with Jet Airways again soon hopefully.
    God Luck.

  • Jet should seriously consider launching LHR-GOI-LHR direct flights . This will be a very popular route

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