Jet Airways pilots have warned the airline management to stop poaching pilots from SpiceJet Airlines, which was recently forced to cut operations by more than 100 flights in a day owing to a cash crunch.
On December 24, the National Aviators’ Guild (NAG), a union comprising more than 900 Jet Airways pilots, wrote to the airline’s chief executive officer, asking him to stop the hiring of Boeing B737 commanders from the budget airline.
The email (a copy of which is available with Hindustan Times) to Cramer Ball claimed the lateral hiring by the airline had caused unrest among Jet cockpit crew.
“We have got a lot of anxious pilots writing to us regarding the lateral hiring, fearful of career opportunities being denied to them owing to this,” the email read.
According to the NAG, the Jet management had interviewed SpiceJet captains, some of whom have even completed their medicals – the last formal requirement before flying.
The Jet Airways spokesperson did not respond to HT’s calls and a query sent over email.
Despite raising the matter with the management nearly four weeks ago, the union was awaiting a response till Saturday, said members.
“Lateral hiring without any consultation with the union is in bad taste and violation of our terms,” said a senior Jet Airways pilot, requesting anonymity.
NAG members added the airline should focus on graduation of its own pilots before hiring from elsewhere.
“The correct method of increasing fleet numbers will be through the internal training process. Also, denying a career upgrade to a pilot because of any reason does not augur well for employee morale,” said another Jet pilot.