Jet Airways jobs: Indian aviation major to hire over 50 foreign pilots

Jet Airways is in the process of hiring over 50 expat pilots to fly its wide body B-777 planes, with six of these aircraft, currently on lease to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, are expected to start returning to the Indian carrier’s fleet from June. Jet Airways, the second largest domestic carrier by market share, plans to deploy these long-haul planes to destinations like Amsterdam, Paris and Toronto, when they come back from Abu Dhabi, by replacing the existing wide-body Airbus A330s which currently service these foreign cities. The Naresh Goyal-promoted airline has leased out six of its ten B777s to its 26 per cent equity partner Etihad. Jet Airways has as many as 97 planes comprising B777s, B737s, Airbus 330s and ATRs. “Jet Airways has already started the process of hiring some 50-odd foreign pilots to operate these B777s when six such planes return to the carrier from Etihad,” officials close to development said. As of now, the Mumbai-based airline has only been hiring expat pilots for narrow body B737 planes which account for almost two-thirds of its total fleet, they said, adding, “Jet Airways is inducting foreign pilots for wide-body planes after a hiatus of more than two years.” Jet Airways, which at present has over 80 foreign pilots working for it, had earlier planned to do away with them in a phased manner, keeping in view the government’s deadline of December 2016 for the Indian carriers.