Thursday, March 14, 2019

Airlines try to poach Jet commanders, co-pilots

New Delhi/Mumbai: Financially beleaguered Jet Airways faces another crisis as other airlines try to poach its commanders and co-pilots, luring them with lucrative offers with a stable monthly pay.

According to industry insiders, the airline , which is under massive financial strain, has partly paid its employees for several months.

"These circumstances have made it possible for the other airlines to poach its pilots. However, they have not met with much success as the company is on the verge of getting a reprieve," sources told IANS in Mumbai.
"Additionally, the work-life balance at the company was regarded as the very best in the industry." Jet currently has 1,900 pilots on its rolls. This is now being looked by all other domestic airlines, especially those who are looking at international expansion. Vistara has been permitted to fly abroad while SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir all have bullish overseas plans.
The development comes even as speculation is rife that Etihad Airways has set several conditions to extend a financial lifeline to save Jet. Still, the passenger carrier grounded four more aircraft over non-repayment of dues to lessors, taking the total to 32.
13/03/19 Tribune

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