Jet Airways to start hiring pilots after 2 years of downtime

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Jet Airways is getting closer to relaunching its operations. The airline is currently in the process of hiring experienced pilots for operations, but still has no idea what type of aircraft or what types of aircraft it will operate. Let’s find out more.

Jet Airways is set to return to the skies next year, but questions remain about its final plans. Photo: Getty Images

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After 27 months of online inactivity, the Jet Airways Twitter account is back in action. The airline has resumed communicating directly with the public, providing updates on its offering to former employees and confirming plans to restart flights. However, yesterday he announced an important step in the process: hiring.

Jet Airways has published a form to hire “experienced pilots” for its operations. All interested pilots should include details regarding their type rating, license validity, medical examination, hours flown, etc. It’s unclear how many pilots the airline plans to hire and whether it will prefer former Jet Airways employees.

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Jet Airways still has hundreds of pilots on staff, but is still publicly seeking nominations. Photo: Getty Images

So which plane will the airline fly? Well, Jet Airways is accepting applications for virtual aircraft types. The form accepts type ratings for the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, as well as wide-body aircraft such as the 787, A330 and 777.

The end of the form only asks for details on the A320 and 737 notes, which are the aircraft most likely to be chosen for the restart of operations. Jet Airways previously operated all of these aircraft with the exception of the 787, which was on order, and the A320 Family.

More soon

A month after the bankruptcy court accepted its project, Jet Airways is finally finding its feet. While the airline has worked on settling claims with its creditors and employees, it is now considering launching operations.

Right off the bat, the Kalrock-Jalan consortium said it would only rehire a handful of employees at the new airline. Only 50 of the nearly 4,000 employees who hoped for a job with the new one will find one. Most will likely need to reapply the airline for limited positions available.

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Salaries will be reduced even for the 50 employees who will automatically join the new airline. Photo: Getty Images

The coming weeks will tell us more about whether Jet Airways 2.0 will pick up more employees from the application forms. However, given that the fleet size is expected to be less than 30 aircraft at launch, positions will be few and highly competitive.

Difficult market

The return of Jet Airways to the market will coincide with many changes. After a difficult year, the industry is back in action and new entrants are likely to struggle to secure significant market share early on. Additionally, news players like Akasa Air, backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, and the potential expansion of TrueJet will all make India a more crowded market.

To stand out, Jet Airways will need to bring back loyal customers and double down on a full service model. However, whether it will work a second time, remains to be seen.

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