Jet Airways’ tough road ahead to return to normalcy

Jet Airways, yesterday, entered a holding pattern, as an emergency funding of INR 1,500 crores was approved following the exit of Naresh Goyal from the board of the airline. Jet Airways was in a downward spiral, with most of the operational fleet being grounded in the past two months. As of March 25, 2019, Jet Airways had an operational fleet of just 36 aircraft out of 114 aircraft. Here is a list of all the grounded and repossessed aircraft.

Aircraft typeAircraft RegistrationStatusAirport Grounded AtLast FlightLast Flight onNotes
737-700VT-JGXGroundedMumbai9W 462 MAA-BOMMarch 29, 2019
737-700VT-JGYGroundedDelhi9W 715 VNS-DELFebruary 10, 2019
737-700VT-SIZGroundedHyderabadS2 9715 BOM-HYDMarch 21, 2019
737-700VT-SJAGroundedMumbaiS2 462 MAA-BOMMarch 20, 2019BOM-HYD on March 23, 2019
737-800VT-JBBGroundedMumbai9W 543 DXB-BOMMarch 18, 2019Back on March 25, 2019 9W 560 BOM-DOH. AOG on April 11, 2019 after 9W 263 KTM-DEL
737-800VT-JBCGroundedDelhi9W 9719 CCU-DELMarch 20, 2019Back on March 27, 2019 9W 651 DEL-IXC. AOG on April 10, 2019 after 9W 373 DEL-BOM
737-800VT-JBDGroundedBengaluru9W 884 MAA-BLRMarch 11, 2019
737-800VT-JBEGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 13, 2019
737-800VT-JBFGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 12, 2019
737-800VT-JBGGroundedHyderabad9W 9701 COK-HYDOctober 12, 2018
737-800VT-JBHRedeliveredHyderabad9W 9671 DEL-HYDFebruary 16, 2019Redelivery
(March 7, 2019)
737-800VT-JBJGroundedDelhiBLR-DELMarch 21, 2019Back on March 30, 2019 9W 846 DEL-ATQ. AOG on April 11, 2019 after 9W 304 DEL-BOM
737-800VT-JBKGroundedDelhi9W 17 SIN-DELMarch 18, 2019Back on March 26, 2019 9W 272 DEL-DAC. AOG on April 10, 2019 after 9W 483 BOM-BLR
737-800VT-JBLGroundedMumbai9W 990 BHJ-BOMOctober 15, 2018
737-800VT-JBMRedeliveredSeletarFebruary 9, 2019Redelivery
737-800VT-JBNRedeliveredSeletarFebruary 8, 2019Redelivery
737-800VT-JBPRedeliveredSeletarFebruary 23, 2019Redelivery
737-800VT-JBQGroundedMumbai9W 442 BLR-BOMMarch 29, 2019
737-800VT-JBRGroundedDelhi9W 301 BOM-DELMarch 26, 2019
737-800VT-JBSGroundedDelhiBOM-DELMarch 31, 2019
737-800VT-JBUGroundedHyderabad9W 9691 BOM-HYDMarch 7, 2019
737-800VT-JBVGroundedKochiBDQ-COKMarch 11, 2019
737-800VT-JBWGroundedMumbai9W 438 IXE-BOMMarch 11, 2019Back on April 2, 2019 9W 615 BOM-CCU. AOG on April 12, 2019 after operating 9W 3502 ATQ-BOM
737-800VT-JBXGroundedMumbai9W 3502 ATQ-BOMMarch 29, 2019
737-800VT-JFARedeliveredMumbai9W 9721 DEL-BOMMarch 22, 2019Redelivery March 26, 2019
737-800VT-JFBGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 24, 2019
737-800VT-JFCGroundedVadodara9W 9724 BOM-BDQMarch 23, 2019
737-800VT-JFDGroundedHyderabad9W 9747 BOM-HYDMarch 13, 2019
737-800VT-JFEGroundedMumbai9W 3502 ATQ-BOMApril 10, 2019
737-800VT-JFFGroundedHyderabad9W 9712 DEL-HYDFebruary 6, 2019
737-800VT-JFGGroundedDelhi9W 263 KTM-DELMarch 19, 2019
737-800VT-JFHGroundedDelhi9W 9674 DEL-DELFebruary 22, 2019
737-800VT-JFJGroundedNagpur9W 865 BOM-NAGFebruary 26, 20199W 866 NAG-BOM Cancelled
737-800VT-JFKGroundedKochiBLR-COKFebruary 27, 2019DEL-CNN on March 26, 2019
737-800VT-JFLGroundedDelhi9W 606 GAU-DELJanuary 28, 2019
737-800VT-JFMGroundedDelhi9W 361 BOM-DELFebruary 26, 2019
737-800VT-JFNGroundedBhopal9W 9725 DEL-BHOMarch 23, 2019Back on March 28, 2019 9W 835 DEL-DED till March 31, 2019
737-800VT-JFPGroundedBengaluru9W 9706 COK-BLRMarch 15, 2019
737-800VT-JFQGroundedMumbai9W 304 DEL-BOMFebruary 26, 2019
737-800VT-JFRGroundedBhopalBOM-BHOMarch 23, 2019
737-800VT-JFSGroundedKannur9W 9709 BOM-CNNMarch 18, 2019
737-800VT-JFTGroundedKannurBOM-CNNMarch 18, 2019
737-800VT-JFWGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 3, 2019
737-800VT-JFXGroundedMumbai9W 610 CCU-BOMApril 10, 2019
737-800VT-JFYGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 3, 2019
737-800VT-JFZGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 2, 2019
737-800VT-JGAGroundedMumbai9W 424 CJB-BOMMarch 12, 2019
737-800VT-JGEGroundedMumbai9W 460 MAA-BOMDecember 12, 2018
737-800VT-JGFRedeliveredTbilisi9W 9072 BOM-TBSMarch 15, 2019Redelivery
737-800VT-JGGGroundedMumbai9W 9683 DEL-BOMFebruary 28, 2019BOM-CNN on March 20, 2019
737-800VT-JGJGroundedMumbaiS2 417 JAI-BOMFebruary 3, 2019
737-800VT-JGKRedeliveredMumbai9W 452 HYD-BOMMarch 19, 2019Redelivery on March 30 9W 9076
737-800VT-JGPGroundedMumbai9W 376 DEL-BOMMarch 20, 2019BOM-BHO on March 28, 2019
737-800VT-JGQGroundedBengaluru 9W 9702 HYD-BOMMarch 21, 2019BOM-BDQ March 28, 2019
737-800VT-JGRGroundedBengaluru 9W 495 BOM-BLRMarch 11, 2019
737-800VT-JGSGroundedMumbai 9W 1304 DEL-BOMMarch 13, 2019
737-800VT-JGTGroundedMumbai 9W 3502 ATQ-BOMMarch 25, 2019
737-800VT-JGUGroundedMumbai9W 422 BLR-BOMApril 2, 2019
737-800VT-JGVGroundedHyderabad9W 457 BOM-HYDJanuary 2, 2019
737-800VT-JGWGroundedMumbai9W 3502 ATQ-BOMApril 11, 2019
737-800VT-JLEGroundedBengaluruDEL-BLRMarch 30, 2019
737-800VT-JLFGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 30, 2019
737-800VT-JTAGroundedDelhi9W 63 BKK-DELMarch 1, 2019
737-800VT-JTBGroundedBenguluru9W 775 PNQ-BLRFebruary 7, 2019
737-800VT-JTCGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 21, 2019
737-800VT-JTDRedeliveredDelhi9W 361 BOM-DELJanuary 31, 2019Redelivery
(March 7, 2019)
737-800VT-JTEGroundedKochi9W 9681 DEL-COKFebruary 28, 2019
737-800VT-JTFRedeliveredDelhi9W 310 BOM-DELFebruary 28, 2019Redelivery March 28, 2019
737-800VT-JTGRedeliveredDelhi9W 339 BOM-DELMarch 1, 2019Redelivery March 28, 2019
737-800VT-JTHGroundedDelhiBOM-DELMarch 31, 2019
737-800VT-JTKGroundedBLRBLR-DELMarch 31, 2019
737-800VT-JTLGroundedDelhi9W 9684 GAU-DELFebruary 28, 2019
737-800VT-JTMGroundedMumbai9W 492 MAA-BOMFebruary 27, 2019
737-800VT-JTNGroundedDelhi9W 9742 BOM-DELMarch 31, 2019
737-800VT-SJIGroundedMumbaiS2 3502 ATQ-BOMApril 17, 2019
737-800VT-SJJGroundedMumbaiS2 312 DEL-BOMMarch 18, 2019
737-900VT-JGCGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 13, 2019
737-900VT-JGDGroundedDelhi9W 740 MAA-DELNovember 22, 2018
737-900ERVT-JBYGroundedKochi9W 9705 BOM-COKMarch 14, 2019
737-900ERVT-JBZGroundedKochi9W 9707 BOM-COKMarch 17, 2019
737-900ERVT-JLHGroundedKochiBOM-COKMarch 9, 2019
737-900ERVT-JLJGroundedBengaluruBOM-BLRMarch 13, 2019
737MAXVT-JXAGroundedHyderabad9W 9730 BLR-HYDFebruary 27, 2019
737MAXVT-JXBGroundedHyderabad9W 9730 BLR-HYDFebruary 25, 2019
737MAXVT-JXCGroundedMumbai9W 628 CCU-BOMJanuary 23, 2019
737MAXVT-JXDGroundedKolkata9W 629 BOM-CCUFebruary 25, 2019
737MAXVT-JXEGroundedKochiBOM-COKFebruary 28, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEHGroundedDelhi9W 17 SIN-DELMarch 17, 2019Back on March 27, 2019 9W 122 DEL-LHR. AOG since April 12, 2019 after 9W 233 AMS-DEL
777-300ERVT-JEKGroundedMumbai9W 117 LHR-BOMMarch 30, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEMGroundedDelhi9W 121 LHR-DELApril 2, 2019Operated DEL-LHR-BOM on April 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEQGroundedMumbai9W 231 AMS-BOMApril 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JESGroundedMumbai9W 123 CDG-BOMApril 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JETGroundedDelhi9W 361 BOM-DELApril 12, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEUGroundedDelhi9W 121 LHR-DELApril 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEVGroundedMumbai9W 119 LHR-BOMApril 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEWGrounded/SeizedAmsterdam9W 232 BOM-AMSApril 10, 2019On the ground at Delhi from April 2 to 6, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEXGroundedChennai9W 9705 BOM-MAASeptember 29, 2018
A330-200VT-JWPGroundedDelhi9W 233 AMS-DELApril 11, 2019
A330-200VT-JWQGrounded/RedeliveredMumbai9W 362 DEL-BOMMarch 21, 20199W 9081 BOM-MAD on April 11, 2019
A330-200VT-JWVGroundedMumbai9W 129 MAN-BOMNovember 17, 2018
A330-200VT-JWWGroundedMumbai9W 9745 DEL-BOMApril 4, 2019
A330-300VT-JWRGroundedDelhiBOM-DELMarch 23, 20199W 9748 DEL-BOM April 6, 2019
A330-300VT-JWSGrounded Bengaluru9W 235 AMS-BLRApril 10, 2019De-registration requested. BLR-BOM on April 13, 2019
A330-300VT-JWTGroundedChennai9W 845 DEL-MAAApril 10, 2019De-registration requested. MAA-BOM on April 13, 2019
A330-300VT-JWUGroundedDelhi9W 233 AMS-DELMarch 22, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCJGroundedChennai9W 875 BLR-MAADecember 11, 2018
ATR 72-500VT-JCKGroundedDelhi9W 689 JDH-DELJanuary 1, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCLGroundedDelhi9W 758 IDR-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCMGroundedDelhi9W 756 JAI-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCNGroundedIndore9W 794 IDR-DELDecember 6, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCPGroundedChennai9W 871 BLR-MAAJanuary 3, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCQGroundedDelhi9W 826 DED-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCRGroundedDelhi9W 756 JAI-DELApril 15, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCSGroundedDelhi9W 928 BHO-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCTGroundedChennai9W 9696 MAA-DELMarch 10, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCUGroundedChennai9W 867 BLR-MAAFebruary 8, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCVGroundedDelhi9W 646 IXC-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCWGroundedBhopal9W 893 DEL-BHOApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JDCGroundedChennai9W 9717 BLR-MAAFebruary 10, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JDDGroundedDelhi9W 9638 BOM-DELNovember 15, 2018
ATR 72-600VT-JCXGroundedMumbai9W 9654 DEL-BOMDecember 26, 2018

The funds will be infused this week and will be used to pay salaries of pilots, dues of lessors and other creditors such as airports and lounges. It was also mentioned somewhere that grounded aircraft will be back in the air soon. But will it be easy?

Perhaps not. As you all know, we have been keeping track of routes that are cancelled following the groundings of aircraft for quite some time now.

Jet Airways has reopened booking for most of these routes. but not immediately. Let’s have a look at what the international operations for Jet Airways seem to look like in April/May 2019.

Widebody routes

Jet Airways operates a fleet of 18 widebody aircraft; 10 777-300ER, 4 A330-200 and 4 A330-300 aircraft. If you look at the list, 2 777-300ER, 2 A330-200 and 1 A330-300 aircraft are currently grounded. As of March 26, 2019, Jet Airways widebody routes for May 2019 are:

Boeing 777-300ER routes

  • Daily Mumbai – Amsterdam
  • Daily Mumbai – Hong Kong
  • 3X daily Mumbai – London
  • Daily Amsterdam – Toronto
  • Daily Delhi – London
  • 5x weekly Delhi – Amsterdam
  • 1x weekly Delhi – Hong Kong

This schedule requires 8 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and is an ideal usage of the fleet.

A330 routes

  • Daily Mumbai – Paris
  • 5x weekly Chennai – Paris
  • Daily Bengaluru – Amsterdam
  • 2x weekly Delhi – Amsterdam
  • 6x weekly Delhi – Hong Kong

This schedule requires around 4 A330 aircraft ideally. The routes that are missing in the summer schedule, operated in the winter schedule, are Mumbai – Manchester, Mumbai – Singapore and Mumbai – Doha. I couldn’t find any domestic routes being filed for the A330 operations,¬†so we don’t know what Jet Airways has in store for the freed up A330s.

The Mumbai – Manchester route which was cancelled, isn’t bookable yet, but Jet Airways still holds the slots at Manchester airport for the 2019 Summer schedule. They have mentioned that they are cancelling the route due to lack of aircraft.

Jet Airways flight schedule

Jet Airways slot update at Manchester airport for SS 19

Narrowbody international routes

Jet Airways cancelled a lot of narrowbody international routes especially out of Delhi which was affected the most. Jet Airways has opened up reservations for almost all routes cancelled in the past few weeks out of Mumbai. Well, we knew that would be the first step in order to protect those precious slots at Mumbai.

Jet Airways has clearly given preference to Mumbai routes as not all other international routes are bookable yet. Ongoing through Jet Airways, I could find that the following cancelled routes are not bookable even in May/June 2019,

  • Daily Pune-Singapore
  • 9x weekly Delhi – Abu Dhabi
  • 2x Daily Bengaluru – Singapore
Jet Airways flight schedule

Jet Airways Bengaluru to Singapore

Jet Airways has opened up bookings for most of the cancelled routes from April 26, 2019. The following routes (some were cancelled altogether) will see the reduced frequency in April/May 2019,

  • 3x daily Delhi – Singapore (currently 1x daily) will continue to operate 1x daily
  • 5x daily Delhi – Dubai (currently 0 daily) is down to 1x daily
  • 12x weekly Mumbai – Abu Dhabi (currently 0 daily) is down to 5x weekly
  • 3x daily Delhi – Bangkok (currently 0 daily) is down to 2x daily in May and is further reduced to 1x daily in June
  • 7x daily Mumbai – Dubai (currently operating 1x daily) will be 5x daily in May and will be back to 7x daily in June

Some routes aren’t bookable in June 2019 like 2x daily Delhi – Doha, daily Delhi – Riyadh, single daily Delhi – Dubai and so-on.

Jet Airways flight schedule

Jet Airways 2x daily Delhi to Doha in May 2019

Jet Airways flight schedule

Jet Airways Doha to Delhi in June 2019

The schedule is dynamic for now. Jet Airways may come out with a concrete plan to restore flight operations in a few days as funds start coming in.

Why not return to full-scale operations?

We already knew that Jet Airways will be redelivering a few aircraft as their leases come to an end. A few aircraft are already handed back, if you look at the table, and some more will go away perhaps.

IndiGo is facing a pilot shortage. According to reports, about 100 pilots have already moved from Jet Airways to IndiGo. As per Ajay, some A330 pilots he knew of have also shifted to IndiGo. Maybe that is the reason for reduced A330 operations. Since many A330s are on a lease, don’t know what Jet Airways has planned to do with them.

Around 260 pilots also interviewed with SpiceJet according to reports. SpiceJet and lessors were in talks to take over grounded Jet Airways aircraft. We do not know if there is a deal on this yet.SpiceJet as it is may have an abundance of crew due to the grounding of 13 737 Max aircraft. Even Vistara is hiring both Airbus and Boeing commanders at the moment.

 

Jet Airways flight schedule

Grounded SpiceJet 737 MAX at Delhi Airport

Jet Airways was also flying some aircraft on the Minimum Equipment List (MEL). Not all aircraft were grounded due to lessors. Some were also grounded as maintenance was due. Jet Airways has a pay by the hour (PBTH) contract for maintenance. A part of the funds will be used for carrying out maintenance on these aircraft.

VT-JEX, a 777-300ER grounded at Chennai airport since September 2018, was used as a spares pool so that other 777s in Jet Airways fleet could be kept in flying condition. VT-JWV, an A330-200 is grounded at Mumbai Airport since November 2018. Both the aircraft will take a long time and will require sufficient funds so that they can be brought to flying condition.

Bottomline

It won’t be easy for Jet Airways to return back to the normal schedule on a quick footing. Jet Airways has a lot on its plate. One of the priority items then is getting those aircraft back in the air so that flight schedules are back to normal at the earliest.

We definitely won’t see Jet Airways operating all routes from the winter schedule at the earliest, as there may perhaps be a network reduction, following redelivery of some aircraft and pilots shifting to other airlines. We don’t know what the route reduction will be in case of domestic operations yet, but are ploughing through the available data to make a picture of what may be in store.

What are your thoughts on Jet Airways road ahead?

Comments

  1. Amazing work. Thanks for this.
    One question I have though is that there is “only” an inflow of 1500 cr, when clearly the overdue amount the lessors (6-7 months) itself should be far in excess of this? Will the lessors take a haircut and start flying with Jet or maybe Jet just pays select lessors in full and starts flying the plane again?

    My hunch is that the 1500 cr may only be enough for Jet to continue in it’s current state and mainly just prevent even further decline.

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