Jet Airways operations may get hit from Monday

In a fresh bout of turbulence for Jet Airways, the engineers of the airline have now indicated that they will stop maintaining the inactive fleet of over 80 planes from April 1 as pending salary dues have still not been paid.

Sources close the development have told CNBC-TV18 that the engineering department held a meeting today and decided that they will no longer “work for free.”

This would put a question mark on the lease agreements of 54 planes which are grounded on account of non-payment of lease rentals by the airline.
This would put a question mark on the lease agreements of 54 planes which are grounded on account of non-payment of lease rentals by the airline.

“The engineers have said that they will not maintain the inactive fleet from April 1 as they are not willing to work for free. While 30-odd planes are not airworthy and need heavy maintenance, the remaining inactive fleet also needs some light maintenance on a daily scale. This could potentially lead to grounding of the entire airline,” one of the sources aware of the development said.

The airline currently has an active fleet of 35 planes with two-thirds of its total count of 119 planes on the ground. The beleaguered airline recently made an ambitious claim to the union civil aviation ministry of adding 40 more planes to its fleet by April end.

“With engineers not ready to maintain the grounded planes, the lessors are likely to get more anxious and the negotiations for activating those planes may face more hurdles,” another source said on condition of anonymity.
30/03/19 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18

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