It is a fact that most people like/enjoy, others being criticized and harassed, and these unholy people hit those raw nerves to gain brownie points--an example of very low mentality. I again reiterate: Journalists should find out solutions so that this distressed airlines can start its operation; but instead they are in a taunting mood (look at the headline). Also, did you see the way, Shreen Bhan of CNBC TV18 was interviewing, Mr.Subrata Roy, yesterday, as if he is a thief........Huh!!..........thank god that lady did not interview me or Ms.Mamta Banerjee...!! If the government does not bring laws to clip their wings, then I fear one day, they might pulverize India, for their own interest]
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We have given a complete plan…which includes our schedule that we plan to operate, the aircraft we plan to operate, the number of people we have,” Kingfisher CEO Sanjay Aggarwal had said yesterday.However, the grounded airline has failed to obtain the no-objection certificate from the Airport Authority of India (AAI).
The DGCA had insisted that Kingfisher, before resuming operations, obtain no objection certificates (NOCs) from all the stakeholders and also clear all dues and salaries of its employees to ensure safe and smooth operations. However, chances of the airline’s revival appear slim with lessors seizing the aircraft and lenders selling pledged shares.
Also, according to the new revival plan,the airline was to start operations on a “cash-and-carry basis” (paying airport operators and oil companies on a per take-off basis) and planned to use the Rs 652-crore funding for payment of salary dues, refurbishment of planes and daily operating losses. However, sources in the AAI told CNBC-TV18 that the airline will not be able to operate on a cash-and carry basis since it has still not cleared dues of Rs 290 crore and nor has it furnished any bank guarantees, which is a prerequisite for the airline to restart operations. What’s worse is the airline has not been replying to queries on settlement of dues either.
A DGCA official was further quoted by the Financial Express as saying that airline not got clearance from banks and service tax department among others
Kingfisher’s flying licence was suspended in October and later lapsed in December after the airline was grounded following a strike by its employees, including pilots, over non-payment of dues. The airline has since then been talking about roping in investors to raise funds but there has been no development on this front.
Meanwhile, banking sources also told the channel that the revival plan in unclear and inconclusive like previous plans submitted by the airline. According to a report in the Financial Express, State Bank of India has sent a legal notice to KFA seeking recovery of loans.
As per the revival plan, Kingfisher would resume limited operations with five Airbus A-320 and two turboprop ATR aircraft and gradually step up its operations by increasing the number of planes to 20.
The one silver lining about the revival plan is the promise to pay its staff salaries till January 2013. Earlier this month, the airline paid two months worth of salary dues to its employees who have not been paid for the past 10 months.
Agarwal told DGCA that the airline planned to start the operations immediately after renewal of its SOP and try to repair other planes once the operations start”.
Courtesy: First Post