Monday, April 15, 2019

Jet Airways unions defer strike plan

Mumbai: Jet Airways pilots, engineers and cabin crew unions are set to jointly meet the airline management on Monday in what they term as “another attempt to get the airline flying.”

On Sunday, as the midnight deadline set by the pilots union for clearing pending dues and sharing details of the revival plan drew closer, the pilots body, the National Aviators Guild (NAG) said it had ‘reviewed’ the earlier ‘unanimous decision’ of pilots to stop flying from April 15, if demands remained unachieved.

The NAG said the members requested that the strike be put off in view of the ‘critical meeting’ planned on Monday with the airline management and the State Bank of India (SBI). Therefore the “call of No Pay No Work stands deferred for the time being” to give the airline a chance of survival, it said.

NAG requested all pilots to gather at Siroya Centre at 10 a.m. on April 15 in full uniform.

Two NAG members said that since media reports indicated that the State Bank of India had sought an operational plan from the management, the pilots were hoping that once this was done some funds would be released.

Senior Jet Airways officials said that even if NAG members were to stop flying, the airline would be able to continue operating its 6 ATR turboprops using management pilots and the single Boeing 737 NG operating under JetLite, as its pilots are not NAG members. The airline on Sunday had these 7 aircraft in operation.
14/04/19 Aditya Anand/The Hindu