Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sahara sells choppers, vacate Juhu hangar

Mumbai: The cash-strapped Sahara India has sold off two of its three choppers stationed in Mumbai and vacated a hangar at the Juhu airport that was in the company's possession for nearly two decades.

Along with the hangar, Sahara, which is struggling to raise Rs 24,000 crore it has been directed by the Supreme Court to refund to its depositors, has also shut a maintenance and repairs wing and transferred the staff to the company that has bought its choppers.

Airports Authority of India sources said the company vacated half of the hangar six months ago but continued to default on the payment of the rent for the other half. Following repeated reminders from the Airports Authority of India, they finally moved out of the hangar entirely on January 31.

The only chopper in Mumbai in Sahara's possession now - an Ecureuil AS355N registered in the name of Sahara Prime City - is now parked in the airport's apron area and is overflowing files removed from the hangar. The twin-engine helicopter can seat five passengers.

Two other two Sahara choppers, bought by a non-scheduled private operator, are also currently parked along the apron.
13/02/16 Yogesh Naik & Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror
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