Jet Airways planning to resume operations by summer 2021

- A Monitor Desk Report Date: 08 December, 2020
Jet Airways planning to resume operations by summer 2021

Dhaka: Jet Airways is planning to relaunch operations by the summer of 2021, said the consortium led by UAE-based entrepreneur Murari Lal Jalan — which has won the bid to revive the grounded airline – on December 7.

Jet Airways 2.0 will start operations with domestic and international flights almost two years after the cash-strapped full-service carrier stopped flying under a huge debt pile-up. The consortium, which includes UK's Kalrock Capital, said in a statement that the airline would continue with “an energised” Jet Airways brand.

The resolution plan of the consortium was recently approved by Jet’s committee of creditors. It still awaits approval from India’s bankruptcy court NCLT. The resolution proceedings went on for more than a year before Jet found a new investor in the Jalan-Kalrock consortium.

“The Jet 2.0 hubs will remain Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru like before. The revival plan proposes to support Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities by creating sub-hubs in such cities,” said the statement.

The consortium plans to start a dedicated air freight service under Jet.

"Jet Airways has been a brand with a glorious history of over 25 years, and it is the vision of the consortium to put Jet Airways back in the skies at the earliest opportunity. We aim to re-energise the brand by infusing energy, warmth, and vibrancy into it while making it bigger and better,” said Jalan-Kalrock consortium board member Manoj Narender Madnani.

As per the Rs 10 billion revival plan submitted by the Jalan-Kalrock consortium, the new owners would infuse Rs 3.8 billion in phases in the first two years after the re-launch of the airline and follow it up with an additional Rs 5.8 billion over the next three to five years. Lenders to the carrier will get 9.5 per cent and 7.5 per cent stake respectively in the airline and its passenger miles company. Financial creditors will also reportedly get 10 per cent free cash flows.

The consortium plans to commence operations with six aircraft domestically, then adding one aircraft each month, and plans to expand the fleet to 120 aircraft in five years. Currently, the airline has 12 aircraft on its books — nine wide-bodied planes and three narrow-bodied Boeing 737s.

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