• After 3 years gap, Jet Airways flies again on its 29th birthday

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    Taking to Twitter, Jet Airway CEO Sanjiv Kapoor wrote, "A very emotional moment for all the wonderful folks who have been working hard to get Jet back in the skies. This was a test flight, not a proving flight. The aircraft will position to Delhi this evening. Proving flight to be scheduled in the coming days from Delhi."


    Digital Desk: In a major step toward restoring its air operator license, Jet Airways took to the skies again on Thursday for a test flight at the Hyderabad airport after a three-year gap. After incurring massive debt, the much-loved airline has not flown since April 17, 2019. And now, it is almost ready to relaunch under its new promoters, the Jalan-Kalrock Consortium.  


    Taking to Twitter, Jet Airway CEO Sanjiv Kapoor wrote, "A very emotional moment for all the wonderful folks who have been working hard to get Jet back in the skies. This was a test flight, not a proving flight. The aircraft will position to Delhi this evening. Proving flight to be scheduled in the coming days from Delhi."


    "Today, May 5, our 29th birthday, Jet Airways flew again! An emotional day for all of us who have been waiting, working and praying for this day, as well as for Jet's loyal customers who can't wait for Jet to commence operations again." Jet Airways' official handle tweeted. 


    On Thursday, the test flight was conducted from Hyderabad to Delhi with Boeing 737 aircraft under registration code VT-SXE. 


    Reportedly, Jet Airways is said to have hired over 200 employees across different positions and is ready to resume operations as soon as the DGCA approves its license.


    A test flight is carried out to show the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that the aircraft and its components are in good condition. Following that, a proving flight is done, which serves as a dress rehearsal for commercial flight operations with passengers and cabin crew. The DGCA, the aviation regulator, will issue the air operator certificate (AOC) once the process is completed. 


    "This is to clarify that Jet Airways operated a test flight in Hyderabad earlier today and a positioning ferry flight to Delhi afterthat. These were not proving flights. We expect to schedule proving flights in the coming days, which would be jointly determined with DGCA," In another clarifying post, the brand stated.


    According to sources, in June, the NCLT approved the insolvency resolution plan submitted by UK-based Kalrock Capital and UAE-based businessman Jalan, opening the path for the resurrection of the airline. The coalition proposed paying creditors Rs 1,183 crore over five years from the asset sale and cash flow proceeds. 


    It also stated that it would invest 600 crores during the first two years to repay creditors, and 131 crores, 193 crores, and 259 crores to financial creditors from the airline's cash flow at the end of the third, fourth, and fifth years, respectively. 


     

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