Jet Airways, which has been grounded since April 2019, has carried out a test flight under the new ownership of Jalan-Kalrock Consortium. Today, after a three-year hiatus, the airline returned to the sky on its 29th birthday.
“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.”said, Jet Airways in a Tweet.
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. pic.twitter.com/2HcSHa0bTS— Jet Airways (@jetairways) May 5, 2022
Jet Airways has operated 9W101, between Hyderabad and Delhi by using its Boeing 737 (VT–SXE), the aircraft which was previously operated by Jet Airways -under its old management and was subsequently leased out to SpiceJet.
Commenting on the same, Sanjiv Kapoor, the CEO of Jet Airways twitted and said, “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.”
Jet Airways Proving Flights
According to sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Jet Airways 2.0, under its new promoters, is expected to operate proving flights by the end of May.
It is worth mentioning that, operating proving flights or test flights is an important step for Jet Airways in order to revalidate its air operator certificate (AOC) and start commercial flight operations.
While operating proving flights, airline personnel must operate in the same manner as when conducting commercial operations to prove preparedness and safety standards.
Not just that, this also includes check-in-counter staff, engineers, pilots, and cabin crew performing their duties.
According to the officials, the Jet Airways team is working with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), and the DGCA to get all the necessary approvals.