SpiceJet Hires Jet Airways Staff Following Airline’s Collapse

In the aftermath of Jet Airways’ collapse, it is easy to mourn an airline and move on. However, for former staff members, it can be a shocking turn of events that can lead to instability, anxiety, and loss of confidence. There is a little silver lining to this story. It seems like some of Jet Airways’ former staff will soon have a new employer in SpiceJet.

Some former Jet Airways cabin crew will soon be working for SpiceJet. Photo: Jet Airways

SpiceJet’s new hires

SpiceJet has already hired over 500 former Jet Airways staff. This is an impressive number and includes about 100 pilots, just over 200 cabin crew members, and around 200 ground staff.

In addition, SpiceJet has indicated they intend to hire in the future. For their future hiring practices, those who were once employed at Jet Airways prior to collapse will be prioritized. This should hopefully ease some of the blow for Jet’s former staff.

SpiceJet’s expansion

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SpiceJet eagerly swooped in to take over much of Jet Airways’ place in the market. They’ve already taken some 737-800s that once flew for Jet and seem interested in taking more. By taking over some of Jet’s planes and staff, it reduces the need for SpiceJet to conduct additional hiring and training which can be a long process. SpiceJet can now expand rapidly to fill in the wide gap left by Jet Airways.

SpiceJet will use some former Jet Airways 737s for their expansion. Photo: Nisarg Vyas/Wikimedia

What will happen to the rest of Jet Airways’ former employees?

Jet Airways employed thousands of people. No single airline could absorb all of Jet Airways’ staff, even through a merger. Undoubtedly, there are many positions that would be redundant through a merger.

It is highly unlikely that any one airline would absorb all of Jet’s former employees. Air India already has a large and inefficient staff operation. Other low-cost carriers like IndiGo and GoAir may take few of Jet’s staff. They primarily operate A320 family aircraft, which Jet Airways did not. This means they would likely only take some management or ground positions that are irrespective of aircraft operating type.

IndiGo is the largest domestic airline by market share in India. Photo: BriYYZ/Wikimedia

Overall

This is a sad time for former Jet Airways’ staff. Although their employment future seems unstable, there will hopefully be new avenues for them to pursue their careers. Some may find additional training beneficial to join one of Jet’s former rivals, while others may leave the industry entirely in pursuit of further education or other fields.

We hope that all of Jet’s former employees can find a new career path that will let them continue to grow. The Indian aviation market isn’t slowing down. Hopefully, many of them can find other gainful employment.

What do you think Jet Airways’ former staff should do? Let us know in the comments below!

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Edward Mckay ( Liverpool UK )

I think it is brilliant that Airlines like Spicejet and other Indian Airlines have been able to offer jobs to the crew/staff of failed Jet Airways and at lest these Pilots and crew plus ground staff will get a pay check at last. Here in the UK I worked for a Holiday charter Airline for 30 years that in that time took over 2 main competitors that were in financial trouble and saved peoples jobs, now they are 68 million in the red but started in 1962 and fly world wide on 737’s plus 737 max 8’s and 787’s 8/9… Read more »

Remesh Mahadeva Iyer

My general observation is that a good majority of cabin crew don’t wish to reposition themselves in any other area within the aviation industry or any other. Crisis can come any time to any organisation so I feel one has to be prepared for every eventuality and come out of intelligently. Today many job positions are recruited globally so push aside what ever has happened until yesterday and move the CV. Some may be fortunate to know key managerial personnel who may be able to help at this sort of situation. But the key point is one should come out… Read more »