According to sources, Jet Airways performed the first of three proving flights on Sunday, with 18 people on board, including officials from the aviation regulator DGCA. Jet Airways will execute the second batch of two proving flights on Tuesday, according to the airline.
The airline must prove flights in order to receive an air operator certificate (AOC).
According to sources, the first of three proving flights took place on the Delhi-Mumbai route.
The second flight was supposed to return to Delhi, but officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) directed the pilots to divert it to Ahmedabad after it left Mumbai, they added.
The DGCA diverts aircraft during proving flights to test the readiness of a new airline in handling such situations, they said.
The second flight arrived safely in Ahmedabad, and the third flight followed shortly after on the Ahmedabad-Delhi route.
The aircraft used for these three proving flights was a Boeing 737 plane with registration number VI-SXE of Jet Airways, they said
During the three proving flights, 18 individuals were on board: four cabin crew members, two pilots, and 12 others, including DGCA officials and Jet Airways top executives, according to reports.
According to them, the aircraft must complete five landings (five flights) in order to successfully complete its proving flights.
They claimed that because three landings took place on Sunday, the remaining two will take place on Tuesday.
Jet Airways is now promoted by the Jalan-Kalrock Consortium. The airline intends to resume commercial flights in the third quarter of this year.