SpiceJet, Air India to fly Jet Airways plane on domestic routes
New Delhi : A couple of Jet Airways' grounded planes will again touch the sky from next week; a news report said that SpiceJet will temporarily take over 30-40 Jet's Boeing 737s while Air India will take five of the wide body Boeing 777s.
"Almost 40 to 45 planes will be operational within the next 10 days. This will help provide gainful employment with pay to some employees of Jet as the aircraft will be wet-leased (meaning hired with crew to operate them). The additional flights will mean the runaway fares will hopefully stabilise, at least on domestic routes to begin with.
Once AI starts using the B777s on international routes like London, Dubai and Singapore, fares to those places should also return to sane levels," Times of India quoted a source.
However, the condition remains that if Jet Airways' bidding stays successful then the planes might return to the grounded Airlines.
Jet Airways operation suspension has freed up 280 and 160 slots at the completely choked Mumbai and Delhi airports. Induction of 30 to 45 planes in SpiceJet and Air India will fill up the gap, in result reducing the runway operation cost and cheaper ticket fares.
The government will also allot these slots to other airlines carriers for the period of three months. Airfares on have shot up due to the sudden demand-supply mismatch.