Over 1,000 Jet Airways pilots to go ahead with no flying call


MUMBAI, Mar 30: Over 1,000 pilots of the
struggling private carrier Jet Airways have decided to go
ahead with their “no flying” call from April 1 following the
airline failing to receive funds from the banks Friday, its

pilots guild has said.

The airline said in a statement that every effort was

being made to restore normalcy of operations.

The National Aviators Guild (NAG), the body claiming

representation of some 1,100 pilots at Jet Airways, had last

week announced its decision not to fly from April 1 if their

pending salaries were not cleared and clarity on the revival

plan not provided by March 31.

Days after that, the airline’s ownership went into the

hands of SBI-led consortium of banks under a debt-recast plan.

“A part of the expected interim funding from SBI was

supposed to be actioned on March 29. Unfortunately, the fund

transfer has not taken place, and there is also no update on

salary payment from the management. The collective decision of

pilots taken at Mumbai and Delhi open house effective 1 April

prevails,” NAG president Karan Chopra said in a late evening

communication to his members.

Jet Airways pilots along with engineers and senior

management have not been paid for about four months now.

“As announced earlier this week, the airline’s lenders

and its management team would like to reiterate that every

effort is being made to inject adequate liquidity into the

company, to quickly restore normalcy of operations, ensuring

due compliance with all appropriate legal processes/

formalities at the same time,” a Jet Aiways spokesperson said

in a statement.

“While acknowledging the support of each and every

member of its family, Jet Airways especially recognises the

contribution of its pilots, AMEs and members of its senior

management, who have sacrificed personal interests and have

gone beyond their call of duty in order to ensure safe and

reliable operations for the airlines guests,” it said.

Earlier on Friday, a source said that around 200

pilots had written individually to Jet CEO Vinay Dube,

threatening to go on “leave of absence”, and they were also

planning to take legal recourse over non-payment of salary.

A source in the pilots’ community said around 200

pilots have written to the CEO flagging concerns about

non-payment of salaries. The pilots are also members of the

NAG, the source added. (PTI)