Ex-Jet Airways 777 Flies To Be Scrapped After 2 Years Stuck In Amsterdam

On Tuesday afternoon, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport said goodbye to a Boeing 777-300ER that had been parked there for…

Ex-Jet Airways 777 Flies To Be Scrapped After 2 Years Stuck In Amsterdam

On Tuesday afternoon, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport said goodbye to a Boeing 777-300ER that had been parked there for 2.5 years. The aircraft belonged to former Indian full-service carrier Jet Airways and was sold to IAG Aero Group last month. The 777 landed in Victorville, California, where it is expected to be scrapped. Let’s find out more about its final flight.

One of Jet Airways’ former 777 departed Amsterdam on October 19th for its final resting place in Victorville, California. Photo: Getty Images

Goodbye, Amsterdam!

At around 12 pm local time, former Jet Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER departed Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, heading west towards the US. The final take-off video of the twin-engine plane, still in Jet’s livery, was uploaded on social media. This marks the end of the road for the 777, which at the height of its operations flew for Jet Airways to some of its most ambitious destinations in Europe and the US.

According to Radarbox.com, the plane landed in Victorville at 1:29 pm local time after a journey of 10 hours and 34 minutes. There, it is most likely to be disassembled, with its two G-90 engines and all other important parts removed.

Ex-Jet Airways 777 Flies To Be Scrapped After 2 Years Stuck In Amsterdam
The 777 left Amsterdam at noon and arrived in Victorville at 1:29 pm local time after 10 hours and 34 minutes. Photo: Radarbox.com

Sold for just $9 million

The 777, with former registration number VT-JEW, was sold to IAG Aero Group last month for just $9 million and had its registration changed to N377CL. The transaction was part of Jet’s bankruptcy proceedings, and the purchase was made at a price far less than the plane’s market value of around $38 million.

The aircraft was seized in Amsterdam in April 2019 in the most dramatic fashion, just an hour before its scheduled departure for Mumbai. A week later, the financially struggling Jet Airways ceased all operations.

In January 2020, it was reported that KLM was interested in buying the airplane, but the deal did not materialize. Any further discussion about the plane’s future was put on hold following the COVID outbreak until last month, when it finally found a new owner.

What’s next for Jet?

For quite some time, plans of Jet’s revival have been making headlines. Now with its new owners – the Kalrock-Jalan consortium – officials at Jet announced in September that the carrier could start domestic operations as early as the first quarter of 2022.

However, some tasks are still to be completed before we see any of Jet’s planes in the skies. The company has applied for the revalidation of the air operator certificate (AOC) and is waiting for the DGCA’s nod for its business plans.

The carrier is also in discussion with various airports to obtain slots and night parking facilities. Getting important slots at major airports in India has been a challenge for Jet, with the DGCA declining its request to reclaim old slots. Much has happened since the carrier went bust, with other Indian airlines devouring many of Jet’s previous slots.

Jet Airways Boeing 777
The carrier is in the process of starting operations again under new ownership. Photo: Getty Images

While one of Jet’s 777 may have gone to the graveyard, there are still some more left whose fate is undecided. In August 2020, the carrier reacquired six of its 777s from lessor Fleet Ireland after paying $13 million. Officials at Jet have said that the airline, once revived, will start with a small fleet of narrowbody airplanes on domestic routes. However, according to a report by the Economic Times, Jet could retain some 777s for future international operations.

Did you ever fly in any of Jet Airways’ 777 aircraft? How hopeful are you of a successful revival of the airline? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Delta Air Lines Is Coming Back In New York City

Delta Air Lines is adding over 100 daily flights in New York City this fall. Adding 25% more…

Delta Air Lines Is Coming Back In New York City

Delta Air Lines is adding over 100 daily flights in New York City this fall. Adding 25% more capacity than summer 2021, the airline will be returning to all of New York’s top 40 markets. The move comes as the recovery has continued and as slot waivers come to an end at both airports.

Delta is bringing New York City back strong this fall. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Delta continues recovery in the fall

Come November, Delta will be adding over 100 total daily departures from John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport compared to the summer 2021 schedule. This will be equivalent to approximately 8,000 additional seats each day.

Joe Esposito, Delta’s SVP of Network Planning, stated the following:

“We’re adding 25% more capacity this fall to meet the significant demand for business and international travel going into next year. We continue to provide more choice and convenience while rebuilding our global connectivity and delivering what Delta does best – putting our customers first with exceptional, reliable service and a premium travel experience.”

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JFK is one of Delta’s most important hubs. Photo: Getty Images

Delta will be restoring nonstop service to all of New York’s 40 most popular domestic markets by next month. The airline will also bulk up key business markets like Boston (BOS), Washington D.C. (DCA), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), and Charlotte (CLT). Recently, Delta launched new services from LaGuardia to Toronto (YYZ). Starting on November 1st, the airline will launch new flights to Worcester, Massachusetts (ORH).

In total, from both JFK and LGA, Delta will offer 400 total daily departures to 92 domestic and international destinations. In addition, Delta has moved all 50-seat economy jets out of New York City markets (Newark (EWR), JFK, and LGA). It has also added more Airbus A220 flights out of New York, which are much more comfortable aircraft than the regional jets they are replacing on certain routes.

Delta Air Lines Is Coming Back In New York City
Delta’s A220s have received positive reviews from customers. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

International travel is coming back

Delta will be flying up to 15 daily flights to 13 destinations across the Atlantic this December. Starting December 6th, Delta will up flights to Paris (CDG) and London (LHR) to twice a day service. Dublin (DUB) will increase to daily services on the same day. This will complement partner Air France’s up to five daily flights to Paris this December and partner Virgin Atlantic’s up to four daily flights to London.

Tel Aviv (TLV) will see a second daily flight restored from December 18th, after a temporary reduction to one daily flight in November. On December 7th, Delta will resume flights to Lagos (LOS) with three weekly flights. Lastly, Frankfurt services will resume on December 13th.

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Delta is adding some incremental transatlantic flying this December. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Heading south, Delta will operate over 20 daily flights to Latin America and the Caribbean to 18 destinations. This will bring the airline up to 85% of pre-crisis levels. Services to São Paulo (GRU) will resume on December 19th. Flights to Los Cabos (SJD) will also restart on the 19th. Delta will increase St. Thomas (STT) and St. Martin (SXM) flights to daily from December 18th. This is on top of a new service to Panama.

Delta is adding these flights as it prepares to bulk up summer flying across the Atlantic next year. Prague and Copenhagen are back. Other routes, like Milan and Rome, are getting frequency boosts.

Delta Air Lines Is Coming Back In New York City
Delta is preparing to bring back more transatlantic routes next year. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

As slot waivers go, Delta comes back

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) will end crisis-era relief for slot waivers on domestic routes. Both JFK and LGA are slot-controlled and previously benefited from waivers.

Delta is certainly not interested in losing any slots at JFK or LGA. This is especially true as American and JetBlue bulk up their schedules at both airports thanks to the Northeast Alliance. With both of those airlines engaging in a partnership, Delta has a real, viable competitor at LGA and JFK, leading it to seek a bulk-up of its operations to preserve its slots and avoid losing any business to American/JetBlue.

Delta is also responding to the competitive environment but getting rid of all-economy 50-seaters from New York. Both American and United have also done this, though United has replaced a large amount of that flying with its premium 50-seater CRJ550s featuring a first class and extra-legroom economy cabin.

Delta Air Lines Is Coming Back In New York City
Delta is no longer flying CRJ200s into New York. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Delta is continuing with its infrastructure improvements at both JFK and LGA. At JFK, Delta is moving forward with a Terminal 4 redevelopment program that will give Delta 10 new gates and consolidate all of its operations in this terminal by summer 2023. Meanwhile, at LGA, Delta’s $3.9 billion redevelopment is moving forward to consolidate Terminals C and D into one new facility with four concourses by the end of 2024.

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