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Jet Airways pilots write to PMO, seek probe into allegations of conspiracy

Forum Gandhi Mumbai | Updated on April 28, 2019 Published on April 28, 2019

Jet Ariways ceased operations on April 17.   -  BusinessLine

National Aviators Guild (NAG) — the pilot body of Jet Airways — has written to the Prime Minister’s Office, seeking a probe into Subramaniam Swamy’s allegations of conspiracy that has delayed the resolution of the airline’s debt.

Last week, in a letter to the Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, Swamy, Member of Parliament, had alleged, “There is a serious effort by private airlines such as Spicejet and Vistara to benefit from this dismemberment of Jet Airways. This is being supported by some of your colleagues and officers whom I can name in a private meeting with you.”

NAG, in an email to the Prime Minister, stated,“We urge you to kindly intervene in the matter and order a probe to establish whether a larger conspiracy was at play, or of any collusion between SBI and Etihad, as the only one decimated here, has been the employees and Jet Airways at large.”

The union urged to preserve and maintain the slots, bilaterals and stop further de-registration of aircraft and re-registration to the competitors. Jet Airways’ several slots have been temporarily given to other airlines, including Indigo, Spicejet and Vistara. The pilots’ body said that even a temporary issue of slots to rival airlines will mar the future of Jet Airways.

NAG also urged the PM to expedite the binding bid date to preserve the enterprise value of Jet Airways. NAG president Captain Karan Chopra also urged the PM to “Direct SBI to release a month’s salary to all employees on an urgent and humane basis. We do not want to see a repeat of the human tragedy which unfolded post the demise of Kingfisher.”

This comes after a 45-year-old Jet Airways employee, who was battling with cancer, allegedly committed suicide on Saturday due to financial constraints.

 

Related news: Jet Airways: Salary payment to staff may have been the deal breaker

The airline suspended operations after the SBI-led consortium of lenders rejected its demand of a Rs 983-crore lifeline to help carry out operations and pay salaries.

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Published on April 28, 2019
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