Jet Airways to phase out all expat pilots to save cost

Jet Airways (India) Ltd is looking to phase out all its expatriate pilots to control costs, company executives told employees at a meeting. The carrier has around 60 expat commanders, operating its fleet of mainly Boeing 737 and ATR planes. Pilots of Indian nationality have previously alleged discrimination in the treatment of expat and local pilots.

“They (the management) said they are planning to do away with all the expat pilots to save costs,” said D. Balaraman, president of the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG). The expat pilots, he said, are paid a third more than their Indian counterparts.

The Naresh Goyal-controlled airline, part-owned by Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, is facing intense cost pressures amid heightening competition, and a slowdown in the key Gulf region.

Source Credit: Hindustan Times
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