Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Air India subsidiary accuses IndiGo of poaching pilots with 'open offers'

New Delhi : Budget carrier IndiGo has allegedly made attempts to poach pilots and technical staff from airlines operating ATR aircraft after announcing plans to procure 50 turboprop planes with an aim to serve tier-2 and tier-3 cities.

According to Alliance Air CEO CS Subbiah, several of its senior officers have been approached with "open offers" asking them to "quote a price".

Those who were made the offers include head of three teams at the Alliance Air, an Air India subsidiary.

According to industry sources TruJet pilots have also been made "lucrative" offers.

IndiGo has, however, rubbished the allegations.

"We haven't approached anyone yet," said IndiGo spokesperson Ajay Jasra.

"Yes, there has been a spate of approaches to many of our technical staff, engineers and pilots, which is not a very ethical step for any carrier to take. They should enter the market on their own strength and not on the strengths of their competitors," Subbiah told PTI.
16/05/17 PTI/Business Standard