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Request to defer call of 'no pay, no work' and 'give airline chance of survival': Jet Airways

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 14, 2019, 06.38 PM (IST)

Jet Airways on Sunday issued a statement noting that Jet Airways' pilots body National Aviator's Guild (NAG) will be holding a meeting tomorrow "as no collective decision has been taken yet," news agency ANI reported. 

"The Union hasn't yet issued any direction or passed any resolution on whether the pilots will fly from midnight due to non-payment of salaries," the statement added. 

Pilots at Jet Airways have been told by their union to put off a planned strike to give its management and key lender State Bank of India time to strike a deal to keep the debt-laden airline flying.

Jet Airways' pilots' body National Aviator's Guild, in a statement to union staff, said that "there is a critical meeting tomorrow with airline management and SBI. In light of the meeting, members have requested through their team leaders that call of 'no pay, no work' be deferred to give the airline a chance of survival".

"Accordingly, as requested, the Committee would like to inform all, that the decision stands deferred for the time being," the statement added. 

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The development followed a news report that said that over 1,000 Jet pilots will not fly from Monday due to unpaid salaries, news agency Reuters reported citing the president of the National Aviators Guild. 

"Pilots haven't been paid for the last three months," Captain Karan Chopra told Reuters.

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The crisis at Jet has deepened in recent weeks as lessors have started applying to deregister planes, signalling the planned bailout had failed to assuage their concerns.

Saddled with more than $1.2 billion of bank debt, the airline has been teetering for weeks and has yet to receive a loan of about $217 million from its lenders as part of a rescue deal agreed in late March.

An urgent meeting to discuss the Jet situation was held at the prime minister's office on Friday, which was also attended by the country's aviation secretary, Pradeep Singh Kharola.

After the meeting, Kharola said the carrier had money to operate 6-7 planes over the weekend and after that, the lenders would have to decide how many jets it could fly after Monday afternoon, a news channel reported late on Friday.

Kharola said the company will meet bankers on Monday for infusion of funds in the interim, the TV channel said.

(With inputs from agencies)  

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The development followed news reports that said that over 1,000 Jet pilots will not fly from Monday due to unpaid salaries, news agency Reuters reported citing the president of the National Aviators Guild.