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Jet operating around 28 planes: Aviation secretary

NEW DELHI: Cash-strapped Jet Airways is operating 28 planes, including 15 aircraft within the domestic routes, civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday.

Earlier within the day, Kharola said that less than 15 planes of the airline were flying.

Jet Airways, where the lenders are set to take keep an eye on as a part of a debt decision plan, on Tuesday disclosed that it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of hire rentals.

When asked concerning the lively fleet of Jet Airways, Kharola, at the sidelines of an aviation conference within the morning, said, "yesterday, it was 28".

When informed that the airline has introduced grounding 15 more aircraft, he said that then the current fleet can be "less than about 15".

In the evening, Kharola clarified to PTI that Jet Airways is operating round 28 planes and out of them, about 15 are running within the domestic routes.

On the sidelines of the conference right here, the civil aviation secretary also said that Jet Airways' skill to fly world operations must be "examined".

In the afternoon, a DGCA spokesperson said Jet Airways continues to fly 28 aircraft as on date.

"The 15 aircraft reported is already accounted for and was only informed to the stock exchanges by Jet Airways yesterday," the spokesperson said.

On Tuesday evening, the airline informed the stock exchanges that it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of hire rentals. Now, the overall number of planes grounded because of default in hire rental bills, as disclosed by the airline, stands at 69.

In a observation issued within the afternoon, Jet Airways said, "as informed to the regulator (DGCA), the airline is operating a curtailed schedule with sufficient number of aircraft, and is compliant with applicable guidelines".

The airline issued the observation saying that it would like to clarify positive speculative media reports with appreciate to its skill to perform on world routes.

It did not give you the number of operational planes.

Jet Airways, which is grappling with acute financial woes, had a fleet of round 119 planes.

On March 25, Jet Airways' board approved a debt-resolution plan under which the lenders would take keep an eye on of the airline and likewise make an instantaneous fund infusion of Rs 1,500 crore.

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