Friday, April 14, 2006

Air Sahara flight delayed over pilot 'discontent'

New Delhi: A Hyderabad-bound Air Sahara flight was delayed by around two hours at the Delhi airport on Thursday morning after one of its pilots failed to turn up in an expression of "dissatisfaction" over the takeover bid by Jet Airways, said an official.
Passengers travelling by the airline often face the brunt of discontent among Air Sahara staff over Jet's $500 million takeover bid, said an official.
The company spokesman, however, attributed the delay to a "technical snag".
The Air Sahara flight (S 2145) to Hyderabad, which was to take off around 10 am took off after 12 pm when a substitute pilot was taken in.
Air Sahara pilots are displeased as they are unclear about their fate once Jet Airways and the their airline are merged together. Apart from uncertainty over their seniority status, the pilots are also worried about their pay packets. Sahara pilots have been drawing salaries significantly higher than that paid to Jet pilots.
13/04/06 Times of India
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