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Jet Airways now operating only 41 aircraft, could reduce further: DGCA

The airline cannot put pilots and cabin crew on duty if they have reported stress of any kind, it said

Agencies  |  New Delhi 

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is currently operating only 41 aircraft, just a third of its original fleet, as the debt-laden carrier struggles to finalise a rescue deal with lenders and its major shareholder Airways.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement the situation is fluid and that Jet may reduce the number of aircraft it is flying in coming weeks.

The also said that pilots, cabin crew and ground staff who have reported any kind of stress should not be put on duty, and the airline should carry out regular maintenance of its aircraft even if they are currently grounded.

Saddled with debt of more than one billion dollars, Jet has delayed payments to banks, suppliers, pilots and lessors - some of whom have ended lease deals with the airline before taking the planes out of the country.

The Jet Airways' Aircraft Maintenance Engineers' Union wrote to the aviation regulator on Tuesday morning that three months' salary was overdue to them and flight safety "is at risk".

First Published: Tue, March 19 2019. 16:21 IST