Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Vistara have alleged that Parliament was misinformed about the number of technical snags that Indian carriers suffered last year because accurate figures weren’t provided to the regulator, in a message that seems to be aimed at IndiGo, the country’s biggest domestic airline.
“This discrepancy or misreporting of data is leading to the false illusion of the relative safety of some airlines over others,” said the letter signed by Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube, SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh and Vistara CEO Leslie Thng and addressed to minister of state for aviation Jayant Sinha. “We request you to get this matter investigated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) so that accurate information may be made available to the parliament of India and the travelling public.” ET has seen a copy of the letter, which doesn’t mention IndiGo by name and has been copied to aviation minister Suresh Prabhu, aviation secretary RN Choubey and director general of civil aviation BS Bhullar.
Sinha had informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on March 13 that a total of 24,791 defects/snags were reported by airlines in 2017, based on data from DGCA, which collects it from the carriers. DGCA rules require airlines to inform the safety regulator about such snags.
“Snags have increased due to increase in number of aircraft and increased number of flight sectors,” he said. “Technical snag (defect) means a condition existing in an aircraft (including its systems) or aircraft component arising from any cause other than damage, which would preclude it or another aircraft component from performing their intended functions or would reduce the expected service life of the aircraft or the aircraft component.”