SpiceJet hires 500 pilots, cabin crew mostly from Jet Airways

Mae Love
April 20, 2019

All Boeing 737 Max aircraft being operated by Indian carriers have been grounded since the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10. The campaign has included a 737 Max 7 outfitted with flight-testing instrumentation, as well as aircraft that have rolled out of a Boeing factory south of Seattle with the updated software already installed.

CEO Dennis Muilenberg tweeted a video where he said the test flight was carried out on Tuesday, adding that test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

The Lion Air crash in October and the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March took the lives of 346 people. The company said that all guests will be notified of flight cancellation via text message or email.

Financially struggling for months, Jet Airways made a decision to call it quits from Wednesday night, leaving 22,000 jobs at stake and inconveniencing lakhs of passengers both domestic as well as worldwide as Jet was the single largest airline out of and into the country.

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Low cost carrier SpiceJet, which pledged to add 27 planes over the next two weeks to help to fill in the slots left vacant by Jet's grounding, said that it is making all possible efforts to minimise passenger inconvenience.

Muilenburg announced that after testing the upgraded MCAS system, the company is now "making steady progress toward certification".

Over a month after the second deadly accident of a Boeing 737 Max, the agitated carrier remains grounded to traveler flights far and wide.

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