Jet Airways leases two ex-Kingfisher ATR 72-500s

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Indian carrier Jet Airways has leased two ATR 72-500s that were previously operated by grounded carrier Kingfisher Airlines.

The airline, however, declined to reveal the lessor or the aircraft's registration.

"We can only confirm that Jet has taken two ATR 72-500s from lessors that were earlier leased to Kingfisher. The lease rates are competitive for similar aged aircraft," says an airline spokesman.

Data from Flightglobal Pro shows that Jet operates one ATR 72-600 and 12 ATR 72-500 turboprops. Kingfisher, meanwhile, has 12 ATR 72-500s in storage.

Kingfisher was grounded in October last year because of financial difficulties and had its air operator's certificate suspended in the same month. The carrier says that it is working with India's directorate general of civil aviation on a plan to return to the air in the near future.