Jet Airways pilots look to board SpiceJet as crisis deepens

PMO steps in to rescue the airline through bankers

The harried pilots of Jet Airways, which is on the brink of shuttering operations, have now approached SpiceJet seeking employment.

Jet Airways pilots had earlier been wooed by IndiGo with compensation for their pending salaries and other benefits, leading to murmurs of protests from its own pilots.

The largest airline has been facing acute shortage of cockpit crew, leading to cancellation of hundreds of its flights last month.

The Gurugram-based SpiceJet, which has all its 12 Boeing Max planes grounded following the crash of an Ethiopian Airline plane early this month, is looking to hire pilots for its expansion plans, and has also conducted walk-in interviews here on Wednesday.

“As many as 260 Jet pilots, including 150 captains, appeared for the interviews in Mumbai,” a SpiceJet source said.

The apparent jostle of pilots to get out of Jet Airways comes as the airline’s lessors offered 50 of its Boeing aircraft to SpiceJet.

Meanwhile, key government officials, including those from public sector banks, met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the future of Jet Airways against the backdrop of speculation that an Indian suitor is being searched to save the beleaguered carrier.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s Office marked its direct involvement as its Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra, along with State Bank of India chairman Rajnish Kumar and Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola met Mr. Jaitley to work out a revival resolution through state bankers for the near-grounded airline.

(With inputs from IANS)

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