Friday, December 14, 2012

EXCLUSIVE- Jet Airways new ATR 72-600 for livery repaint?

Neelam Mathews
Dec 14, 2012
The ATR 72-600-series launched last year and due this year - five of which Jet will get- we learn, have been painted in JetLite livery, with JetKonnect written on top. Sources we spoke to, said this was an error as the two brands, JetKonnect and JetLite have been consolidated under the JetKonnect brand. The aircraft will be going for repaint, we learn.
The entry of the new aircraft had been delayed by a few weeks  as paperwork with the lessors for the old ATRs needed to be completed and delays by ATR following strikes resulted in lost  time. Jet Airways is also busy hiring marooned ATR pilots of Kingfisher, Aerospace Diary learns. In 2010, Jet ordered 6 ATR-500s. It is likely this order was changed to five 68-74 seater 600s. We could not confirm this. The 600s are  to be used from Mumbai to Udaipur, Bhuj and other regional sectors. 
Meanwhile, Jet Airways brand new A330-300s will operate on BOM-BRU-EWR sectors from 22nd Dec. While the second A330 will fly on the DEL-BRU-YYZ by end-Dec.
Jet has also renewed its codeshare with Emirates. One wonders which way the FDI with Etihad will really go IF it is looking at a Star Alliance entry. But then, speculation is the mood of the hour!

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