Hindustan Times (Noida)

Jalan-kalrock to order 200 aircraft for Jet Air

- Anu Sharma anu.sharma@livemint.com

The Jalan-kalrock consortium has begun planning to order 200 aircraft after the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) declined to halt the ownership transfer as requested by the lenders, according to two people familiar with the developmen­t.

The order could be announced as early as June, the people said, requesting anonymity.

“Jalan-kalrock is in talks with aircraft OEMS (original equipment manufactur­ers) to place an order of at least 200 planes of mix small, medium and large narrow body jets at the Paris airshow in June for their growth plan for five years,” one of the people said.

The airline’s plan is to keep the aircraft mix in a manner that the airline is able to tap the market opportunit­y within India—a blend of core metro markets and markets in smaller cities that have also registered significan­t growth in recent times.

To be sure, the airline had, in the past, too, indicated that it would place a large order and was considerin­g planes from Boeing, Airbus and Embraer. They, however, could not proceed due to opposition from lenders.

Jet Airways and the consortium did not reply to Mint’s queries till press time.

Aviation analysts say ordering large aircraft is key for an airline’s long-term strategy.

“One key element for the airline business is the long-term availabili­ty of equipment optimized for the planned network

at the most economical cost. Any order from Jet Airways has to be in a sufficient number to get an order for the different types of aircraft, and numbers ensure Jet Airways will have the right size equipment to support its planned network. We believe Jet Airways will need between 250-300 aircraft order to support its 8-10 years induction plan,” said Vishok Mansingh, chief executive officer of Vman, an aviation leasing firm.

Jet Airways’ 200-aircraft order will further buttress the growth potential of the Indian aviation market, which saw the order of 470 aircraft by Air India, making it the world’s largest single order by an airline. Indigo is also in discussion­s with aircraft manufactur­ers for a 500 aircraft order, and Akasa, which had placed an order of 72 aircraft in November 2021, is now set to announce a “three-digit” order by the end of 2023, according to news reports. For context, India today has 700 registered planes that operate commercial flights in the country.

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AFP The order could be announced as early as June.

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