Amid grounding of operations at Abu Dhabi airport, an unhappy partner in Etihad Airways and increasing unease among its pilots, all eyes are on Jet Airways’ founder and Chairman Naresh Goyal as his self-imposed deadline to announce an update on the resolution plan gets over on March 18.
Patience is running out among the distressed airline’s senior pilots, many of whom have been approached by IndiGo and GoAir. Some of them attended ‘roadshows’ conducted by IndiGo last week in Gurugram and Mumbai and may decide on their future course depending on what Goyal has to tell them.
“Tempers have gone up after an aircraft maintenance engineer lost his son for want of funds,” said a senior executive.
Jet Airways’ pilots and engineers have not been paid part of their December salary, and those of January and February.
On March 1, Goyal had written to the airline’s pilots, appealing for ‘continued support’ and assured them that the senior management will provide an update on the resolution plan by March 18.
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