SpiceJet hires 100 pilots, 400 cabin and technical staff from Jet Airways

Lloyd Doyle
April 20, 2019

The lenders to grounded private airline Jet Airways may have tactically erred in failing to keep the airline airborne by releasing emergency funds, some circles believe.

With thousands of Jet employees out of work as Jet Airways temporarily halted its operations, its rival SpiceJet today said that it is hiring pilots, cabin crew, technical and airport staff. SpiceJet is giving jobs to pilots, cabin crew, technical and airport staff who recently lost their jobs due to closure of Jet Airways, news agency ANI tweeted citing SpiceJet.

SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh in a statement on Friday said that his carrier is giving "first preference" to Jet Airways employees in recruitment.

Hundreds of Jet Airways employees had protested in Delhi and Mumbai on Thursday demanding answers from management about their future after the airline shut down all flight operations on Wednesday having failed to secure new funding from its lenders, Reuters reported. About 40 engineers have also left, a senior engineer said. The bulk of these flights are from Mumbai linking it to cities like Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bagdogra, Mangaluru and Amritsar in addition to two additional frequencies on the Mumbai-Delhi-Mumbai sector. These flights will also connect to IndiGo's existing domestic and worldwide network. All these flights will be operational daily once they commence, starting April 26.

Singh also said that SpiceJet is making all efforts to minimise the passenger inconvenience and "serve" Indian customers who are finding it hard to get seats in this busy season.

Part of the MAX aircraft's original appeal to customers was that it did not require simulator training, which can cost about $1 million over an aircraft's life, industry sources say. Local airlines including InterGlobe Aviation Ltd and state-run Air India are likely to benefit.

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