Thursday, August 31, 2023

Go First lessor Gets NCLAT Nod To Inspect Planes

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) today allowed Jackson Square Aviation Ireland Ltd, the lessor for Go First, to carry out an inspection of their grounded aircraft. The approval was based on observation in its August 18 order in the case of Engine Lease Finance BV, where NCLAT granted it similar rights.

In the engine lessor case, the NCLAT modified the NCLT's 26 July order that allowed Go First to operate the leased aircraft. In its own directive, the NCLAT disagreed with the part of the NCLT's order that restricted the lessor from inspecting the engines. In its August 18 order, the Appellate Tribunal directed the RP to set an inspection date within 10 days, according to a report by Mint.

The lessor filed this latest plea against the resolution professional (RP) of the airline, Shailendra Ajmera, challenging the NCLT July 26 order.

According to media reports, Go First's Ireland-based lessor, ACG Aircraft Leasing, informed the court that critical components, including fan blades, escape slides, and other vital parts, are missing from at least two aircraft. ACG submitted pictures and details of the missing items from two Airbus A320 planes in a non-public filing at the Delhi High Court on July 28th.

The list of missing items includes the captain's "side stick" used for flying the aircraft, a tiller for ground steering, engine fan blades that were "completely missing," a partially absent toilet seat, and a removed escape slide.

Meanwhile, the case regarding deregistration of the grounded aircraft, is undergoing regular hearings before the Delhi High Court's single bench. Both the high court's division bench and the Supreme Court upheld the single bench's ruling, permitting lessors to conduct inspections of parked aircraft.

31/08/2023 Outlook

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