Hope Jet Airways gets buyers on May 10: Naresh Goyal writes to staff

NEW DELHI: Describing The 26th Anniversary Of Jet Airways On May 5 As" Saddest Of All Days Without Flights" , Founder Naresh Goyal Says He Made Rs 250 Crore Available To Banks Of A Group Company.

Goyal Wrote A Mail To Employees On Monday - Which Was Not Sent To All On Their Official Mail Ids - Says He Now Hopes Wish To Witness The Blazing Sun Reappear From Behind The Dark Clouds Of The Past Weeks, On A Canvas Or Never-ending Blue. ”

Jet Suspended Operations On The Midnight From April 17-18. The Airline Is Going Back Into The Air, Is Now Considered Very Difficult, Given The Huge Debt-cum Obligations Such As Debts Amounting To Rs 25,000 Crore. A Substantial Number Of Jet Trained Crew Members, Including Pilots, Have Joined Other Airlines; His Planes Have Been Seized By Landlords And Many Of Them Are Now Flying To Other Airlines Such As SpiceJet And Jet’s Domestic Slots Have Already Been Given To Others And International Will Also Go The Same Way This Weekend.

Goyal's Reported Unwillingness To Give Up Control Of The Airline When A Couple Or Big Players Like Tatas And Delta Were Last Year Willing To Take On Jet - Minus Him As A Precondition - Is Now Increasingly Blamed For The Carrier's Current State. But The Founder Maintains He Did All To Ensure Jet Lived. “From A Group Company I Have Made Rs 250 Crore Available To Banks. I Have Pledged My Shareholding In 9W; Stepped Down As Your Chairman Neeta (wife) Has Stepped Down From Board Of Directors, ”his Letter Says.

" ... Since Leaving Our Respective Functions, Neeta And I Have Had No Role At Jet After Having Made All Possible Sacrifice And Dedication To Ensure Our Own Interests Jet Airways Family Are Served… By Comparison, However, The Sacrifices That You Have Made Are Greater And Nobler By Far, ”his Letter Says.

" I Hope And Pray That Banks Bidders On May 10 And Move Forward In The Interest Of All Employees, So That You Can All Return To Work And Resume Normal Lives With Your Salaries Paid, ”it Adds.

“For Neeta And Me It Has Been An Extremely Emotional And Difficult Period, Most Particularly About The Non-payment Or Your Hard-earned Salaries. I Cannot Even Begin To Describe How Terrible It Is For Me To Contemplate The Difficult Situation Each Of You And Your Dear Families Are Going Through And Cannot Find The Words To Explain My Deep Personal Anguish. I Have Been In Mumbai And Have Been Watching And Closely Monitoring The Untiring Efforts And Sacrifices You Are All Making, ”he Says.