Jet Airways will hire over 50 foreign pilots to operate its Boeing B777 wide body passenger plane.
In June, Jet Airways is expecting to receive six of its B777 planes currently on lease with Etihad.
"Jet Airways has already started the process of hiring some 50-odd foreign pilots to operate these B777s when six such planes return to the carrier from Etihad," officials close to development told PTI.
It plans to deploy these long-haul planes to destinations like Amsterdam, Paris and Toronto, when they come back from Abu Dhabi, by replacing the existing wide-body Airbus A330s which currently service these foreign cities.
As of now, the Mumbai-based airline has only been hiring expat pilots for narrow body B737 planes which account for almost two-thirds of its total fleet, they said, adding, “Jet Airways is inducting foreign pilots for wide-body planes after a hiatus of more than two years". Jet Airways at present has over 80 foreign pilots working for it.