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1. Jet's fleet has shrunk from 119 aircraft to 6-7 (all domestic).
2. Funding discussions - whilst not successful Monday or yesterday - are still 'on-going'.
3. However, in parallel, the State Bank of India issued an EOI (Expression of Interest) for the sale of Jet on 8 April, closing 10 April. They received 7-8 initial bids, which have been narrowed to a preferred 4.
4. One B777 has been impounded at AMS.
5. The greater majority of all Jet's widebodies are in the process of Indian 'deregistration' which is essential before they can be seized by the leasing companies and repatriated back to their owner(s).
QF has been very quiet about the issue of their partner and codeshares - even though problems have been evident for months. Not a mention on the QF website. Similarly, reports suggest that Delta is still offering Award booking redemptions on Jet Airways. Good luck with that!
A cursory search on QF's website yesterday reveals no Jet partner flights. QF's (interim?) option for travellers from Australia is to route them via Hong Kong to India using CX ex HKG. SYD-BOM Y for a week out is in excess of $5,200 return. Even Air India can offer SYD-DEL at approx. $1,900. I'm a bit surprised that QF is not offering transit via BKK using partner Bangkok Airways - although this may be due to connections..
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To be fair to Etihad, they 'bought the best house on the worst street'. Their share of the company is 24% with the majority being owned and managed by a somewhat autocratic Naresh Goyal (until his ousting from the Jet Airways Board last week). I would go so far as to suggest that - at the time - Jet Airways was one of Etihad's better investment decisions. It had true potential - in what should have been a rapidly growing market.For years, Jet Airways has clearly been streets ahead of the closest competitor Air India / Indian Airways. Many of the current problems with Jet Airways are a mix of banking / finance issues (read over-lending and greed), poor day-to-day management and the intervention (at will) and changing policies with lack of aviation focus by the Indian Government. Etihad is one of the 4 preferred bidders in the mentioned 'EOI' and as an existing asset holder, they may well emerge as the saviour of the company. However, if they do emerge as the new owner, there is no doubt that a Jet Airways mark 2 will be a very different entity from the current iteration.
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Looks like Jet Airways has finally gone bust....
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