Jet pilots body defers no flying decision; management to meet SBI today

Jet pilots body defers no flying decision; management to meet SBI today

SBI is the lead lender of a consortium of 26 domestic lenders that took over the reins of the crumbling airline last month as part of its revival plan.

"Till date we are awaiting the funding and, meanwhile, our beloved airline is dying a slow death along with unpaid salaries of pilots and engineers for over 3 months", a member said.

After the meeting, Kharola said the carrier had money to operate 6-7 planes over the weekend and after that the lenders would have to decide how many jets it could fly after Monday afternoon, a news channel reported late on Friday.

On Sunday, as the midnight deadline set by the pilots union for clearing pending dues and sharing details of the revival plan drew closer, the pilots body, the National Aviators Guild (NAG) said it had "reviewed" the earlier "unanimous decision" of pilots to stop flying from April 15, if demands remained unachieved. It also announced the resignation of one of its independent directors, Rajshree Pathy, from the company for other commitments.

Last month, an SBI-led consortium of lenders had taken management control of the airline post a debt-recast deal, following which the lenders had proposed to infuse as much as ₹1,500 crore to the carrier to keep it afloat till the time it gets a investor.

All pilots are still requested, however, to be present at Siroya Centre at 0930 hours on April 15 in their uniforms, it said.

According to officials aware of discussions, the meeting was called after civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu asked secretary of the department Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues concerning Jet Airways, news agency PTI reported.

An Open House will be called shortly as per the availability of the venue and the committee members, its communication added. So we have made a decision to go ahead with our call of no-flying from April 15.

Struggling for survival because of a severe cash crunch, Jet Airways has suspended its operations in the SAARC and Asean regions indefinitely, besides extending suspension of its services to Toronto and Paris from Chennai and back.

According to available information, the airline has also stopped accepting bookings for its Mumbai-Paris flight till June 10.

"Jet Airways has restricted sales on certain routes for a few days in order to re-accommodate guests who have unfortunately been inconvenienced by interim cancellations", the airline said.



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