Thursday, November 11, 2021

Ambitious Plans: Jet Airways Wants 100 Aircraft Within 5 Years

A couple of months ago, officials at Jet Airways made headlines announcing that the airline, once fully revived, will start operations in the first quarter of 2022. One thing that stood out was Mr. Murari Lal Jalan of the Kalrock-Jalan consortium stating that Jet plans to operate 100+ aircraft in five years.

While much has been written about the carrier’s revival plans since then, only those closely associated with Jet’s top management can tell for sure about the exact nature of its future fleet planning. But we can always look back at the progress and challenges faced by Jet so far to get some idea.

Before it went bust, Jet Airways did operate a 100+ fleet of aircraft, and a diverse one at that. Its workhorse was, of course, the Boeing 737, mostly the -800s variants, that did most of the heavy lifting of the majority of its domestic routes. ATRs served Jet’s shorter regional networks, and its longer international flights relied on the usual suspects – the Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s.

So, as a brand Jet Airways is no stranger to a large fleet. However, much has changed since 2019. Jet Airways went down in a pretty dramatic fashion, with its planes being seized before departures and its fleet grounded as lessors and vendors closed in to demand payments. At that time, nobody could even imagine a resurrection, at least anytime soon.

11/11/21 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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