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'Less than 15 aircraft of Jet Airways operational'

NEW DELHI: Less than 15 airplane of Jet Airways are recently operational, civil aviation secretary P S Kharola mentioned on Wednesday.
An SBI-led consortium of lenders had taken over the management of the cash-hit Jet Airways last month.

Asked about the energetic fleet of the beleaguered airline, the civil aviation secretary mentioned right here that "yesterday, it was 28".

On the airline informing stock exchanges on Tuesday evening that 15 extra airplane have been grounded, Kharola mentioned the current fleet "would be less than about 15".

Later within the day, aviation watchdog DGCA mentioned in a statement, "JA (Jet Airways) continues to fly 28 aircraft as on date."

The watchdog added,"The 15 aircraft reported are already accounted for and was only informed to the stock exchange by JA yesterday."

The airline has round 119 airplane in its fleet. In the previous few weeks, the airline has been grounding its airplane in tranches because of non-payment of dues to lessors.

Regarding funding issues of the airline, Kharola, who was once speaking on the sidelines of an event, mentioned, "The issue is between bankers and Jet management. So they are discussing with each other."

The non-public service on Tuesday mentioned it has grounded 15 extra airplane because of non-payment + of leases to lessors.

Till last month, the Mumbai-headquartered airline, which is now under new ownership, had taken 54 planes out of operations because of hire condominium defaults.

On March 25, Jet Airways' board licensed a resolution plan formulated by SBI-led domestic lenders. Under the plan, lenders decided to take control of the airline and make a fund infusion of Rs 1,500 crore.

The aviation secretary mentioned on Wednesday that Jet Airways' talent to fly world operations must be "examined".

However, later, the airline's spokesperson mentioned in a statement,"Jet Airways would like to clarify certain speculative media reports with respect to the airline's ability to operate on international routes. As informed to the regulator (DGCA), the airline is operating a curtailed schedule with sufficient number of aircraft, and is compliant with applicable guidelines."

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