Go First Conducts Test Flight in Mumbai

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New Delhi: After facing the challenges of bankruptcy in May, Go First, the low-fare airline, found a glimmer of hope as it carried out a successful test flight in Mumbai on Tuesday. The test flight, operated using the VT-WGD Airbus A320neo aircraft at Mumbai airport, represents a significant milestone towards the potential resumption of Go First’s scheduled flight operations.

In a positive development last week, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granted conditional approval for Go First to recommence flights, permitting either 15 aircraft or 114 daily flights. However, this resumption is contingent on securing interim funding and obtaining the final flight schedule approval from the DGCA.

As per the regulator’s stipulations, Go First is required to ensure strict compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements. The airline must also maintain the continued airworthiness of its aircraft engaged in operations and carry out satisfactory handling flights for each aircraft before they are deployed for regular operations.

Nevertheless, it is important to bear in mind that the acceptance of Go First’s revised resumption plan, aimed at relaunching flights with 15 aircraft, remains subject to the outcomes of pending writ petitions or applications before the Delhi High Court and the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

The DGCA has firmly stated that the sale of tickets can only commence after it grants approval to the flight schedule. Additionally, Go First’s resolution professional is obligated to furnish any information requested by the DGCA in a timely manner.

Earlier, from 4th to 6th July, the DGCA conducted a special audit of the airline to thoroughly assess safety-related aspects and verify Go First’s compliance with all necessary requirements for holding an air operator certificate. The audit also encompassed a physical inspection of the airline’s preparedness for resuming flight operations.

As Go First eagerly awaits the necessary approvals and funding, the successful test flight represents a step forward in its potential resurgence, kindling hope for the company’s revival within the aviation industry.

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