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Jet Airways grounds 2 more planes

March 01, 2019 23:15 IST

With this, the total number of aircraft taken out of operations due to cash crunch in the airline and its subsequent failure to pay rentals to various lessors has gone up to 21 so far.

Financially-stressed Jet Airways on Friday said two more of its aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of lease rentals.

With this, the total number of aircraft taken out of operations due to cash crunch in the airline and its subsequent failure to pay rentals to various lessors has gone up to 21 so far.

 

In a filing to the stock exchanges, the full-service airline said, "An additional two aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements."

The carrier is actively engaged with all its aircraft lessors and regularly provides them with updates on the efforts undertaken to improve its liquidity, the filing said.

Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company's efforts in this regard, it said.

The company said it is making all efforts to minimize disruption to its network due to the the grounding of these planes and is proactively informing and re-accommodating its affected guests.

The company also continues to provide required and periodic updates to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in this regard, it added.

After announcing the grounding of four of its planes on February for non-payment to lessors, the airline took another two aircraft out of operations due to similar reasons.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Jet Airways grounded seven and six aircraft, respectively, due to non-payment of lease rentals.

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