Jet Airways 2.0 shopping for 100 narrowbody aircraft to resume operations

It has been a long while since Jet Airways received the goahead to resume operations, with their new management having set an ambitious target to resume operations in Q1 2022. However, while other airlines, such as Akasa, have gone ahead and signed aircraft orders, we haven’t heard much of Jet Airways in a while.

Now, Bloomberg is reporting that the new owners of Jet Airways are in talks with Boeing and Airbus to purchase at least 100 narrowbody jets for the airline. As per Bloomberg, the airline still plans to resume operations in Q1 2022 (which also might be guided by legal requirements).

The older version of Jet Airways left the new owner with 11 aircraft, a mix of Boeing 737 and 777 jets, and Airbus A330 aircraft. These aircraft may however be beyond repair at the moment, or not be an option to restart operations of course.

Airbus’ A320neo is sold out for several years, with fellow Indian carrier IndiGo, being the biggest customer for the aircraft. Jet Airways was a Boeing customer, with a big 225-aircraft outstanding order for the 737 MAX aircraft. The first five aircraft were delivered to Jet Airways via various leasing partners, after which Boeing held on to more deliveries. The already delivered 737 MAX airframes were flown out of the country as well after a repossession during Covid19, and a permission from DGCA to fly them out during the MAX grounding. . After that, it was reported that the Jet Airways order was dropped from the order book of Boeing.

Boeing may be amenable to re-look at the order, given they have some unclaimed Jet Airways aircraft in Renton, WA. Also, on the Boeing orders page, this 125 aircraft order still looks like on the books of Boeing.

Assuming Jet Airways gets back up in the air, what do you think will their new fleet look like? Boeing or Airbus? And when do you think will they finally launch operations?


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  1. I am very happy to see the come-back of Jet Airways, that company that I thought was the best company in India and that had the best loyalty program (the only one I got anything from in India). Welcome back.

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