Jet Airways sacks 35 expat pilots

With the aviation industry in a facing rough weather, private air-carrier Jet Airways has terminated services of up to 35 expatriate pilots who captain the airlines’ Boeing 737-aircraft.

Confirming the development, a Jet Airways spokesperson said some 25-odd pilots have been sacked. But aviation industry sources claimed that services of up to 35 expatriate Boeing-737 captains have been terminated by the Naresh Goyal-led domestic airline.

The expatriate pilots get between USD 15,000-18,000 salary per month besides prerequisites such as five-star hotel accommodation and business-class conveyance to their home country, which is significantly more expensive to the airline when compared to the Indian flight crews.

Last month, Vijay Mallya-run, and Jet Airways alliance partner, Kingfisher Airlines, had announced a 90% cut in the salaries of its trainee pilots as part of its cost-cutting measures. PTI

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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