Indian carrier Jet Airways will restart operations in the first quarter of 2022, the company’s owners confirmed.
Domestic operations will be conducted first, and the first international flights are planned to take place by the end of the same year.
The company also aims to expand its fleet to over 50 aircraft in three years and to over 100 aircraft in five years, Murari Lal Jalan, the head of the Jalan Kalrock Consortium which owns Jet Airways, said in an interview to the Indian media.
The resumption of the carrier’s service was delayed numerous times, with initial plans placing first flights in Summer 2021 and then in the last months of 2021.
This latest attempt to restart flights has much more favorable circumstances. In June 2021 the company was given the green light by the Indian court, and in August 2021 it started hiring pilots again.
Jet Airways, once one of the largest Indian airlines, stopped operations in April 2019 after being unable to pay for fuel and services.
During a two-years-long hiatus that followed, the carrier has seen numerous changes and became infamous for its fall from grace.