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Jet Airways set for second innings, awaits DGCA nod after last of proving flights

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Jet Airways set for second innings, awaits DGCA nod after last of proving flights

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The airline, which plans to restart commercial flights in July-September quarter this year, is looking forward to the grant of air operator certificate (AOC) by aviation regulator DGCA, its owner Jalan-Kalrock Consortium said.

Jet Airways set for second innings, awaits DGCA nod after last of proving flights

Jet Airways has successfully operated all proving flights and is now looking forward to the grant of air operator certificate (AOC) by aviation regulator DGCA, its owner Jalan-Kalrock Consortium said on May 17. The airline conducted the second — and the last — set of two proving flights on May 17 with 31 people, including officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on board, sources said.

The carrier had on May 15 conducted the first set of three proving flights with 18 people, including the DGCA officials on board, they said. Proving flights comprise the last step for the airline to obtain the AOC. A total of five landings (five flights) have to be done by the aircraft to successfully complete its proving flights.

In a statement on My 17, the spokesperson of Jalan-Kalrock Consortium stated, "We have successfully conducted our proving flights over two days, and we now look forward to the grant of the AOC by the DGCA."

The two proving flights on May 17 were conducted on Delhi-Hyderabad and Hyderabad-Delhi routes using the carrier's Boeing 737 plane, sources said. The three proving flights that were conducted on Sunday were on Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad-Delhi routes using the same plane, they noted.

Jet Airways had on May 5 conducted its test flight to and from Hyderabad in a step towards obtaining the AOC. The airline in its old avatar was owned by Naresh Goyal and had operated its last flight on April 17, 2019. The Jalan-Kalrock Consortium is currently the promoter of Jet Airways.

The airline plans to restart commercial flight operations in July-September quarter this year.

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