Vistara, the joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, will soon get approval to fly the grounded Boeing 737 aircraft, reports CNBC TV18. These Boeing 737 aircraft previously belonged to the now suspended Jet Airways.
“Vistara is an all Airbus fleet as of now. So certain formalities and checks were needed before we permit them to operate Boeing 737 fleet. That should happen in a week or so,” the report stated.
Vistara currently operates a fleet of 22 Airbus A320 aircraft and plans to expand its fleet with four Boeing 737-800 planes and two A320neo planes soon. Vistara said to have applied for a total of 10 ex-Jet Airways Boeing 737 planes.
The report that cited unidentified sources from the Government also stated that SpiceJet had sought permission to fly 40 Boeing 737 aircraft.
In terms of ex-Jet aircraft, Vistara has applied for 10 Boeing 737 planes, and SpiceJet has applied for around 40, the report quoted an unnamed official.
Although the final decision of the matter rests with the aviation regulator DGCA and the Government, Boeing 737 Max aircraft may not resume its service until August 2019.
Boeing 737 aircraft was banned from flying after the aircraft accident in Ethiopia that had led to the death of 157 people on board. Five months before the crash in Ethiopia, the same model of aircraft plunged into the Java Sea after its take-off from Indonesian airport killing 189 people on board. Following the incidents, Boeing 737 aircraft got banned globally including in France, Germany, UK and India. After investigation, Boeing itself confirmed that the fault lies in the simulator software of the aircraft model.
Many countries have filed cases to receive compensation from Boeing for Boeing 737 Max grounding as it has caused the airlines severe losses.