DGCA de-registers 7 Jet Airways planes

DGCA de-registers 7 Jet Airways planes

FILE PHOTO: Jet Airways aircraft are seen parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, India, March 26, 2019. REUTERS

Aviation regulator DGCA announced it de-registered seven Boeing 737-800 aircraft of Jet Airways on Wednesday, allowing its lessors to take the planes out of the country so that it can be leased to any other airline.

Meanwhile, a European cargo services provider seized one of Jet Airways' Boeing planes at the Amsterdam airport for non-payment of dues on Wednesday.

"The cargo agent seized Boeing 777-300 ER (VT-JEW) of Jet Airways at the Amsterdam airport as the airline could not clear its dues," the airline source told PTI.

The aircraft was to operate a flight (9W 321) to Mumbai from Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Jet Airways, however, said the flight was delayed due to "operational reasons".

In a statement, the airline said flight 9W 231 from Amsterdam to Mumbai scheduled for April 10, has been delayed due to operational reasons.

Also, for the third time in a week, national oil marketer Indian Oil on Wednesday stopped fuel supply to Jet Airways for non-payment of dues. Two other refiners — Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) — are supplying fuel to Jet on a cash-and-carry basis, which means the airline needs to pay for the fuel upfront at the time of purchase.

During the last a few weeks, Jet Airways has been grounding its aircraft in tranches due to non-payment of dues to its lessors. While the airline has a fleet of about 119 aircraft, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on April 4 that only 26 aircraft of Jet Airways are flying "currently".

DGCA announced on its website that seven de-registered Boeing aircraft belong to lessors based out of Dublin.