Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal's aide allegedly travels on flight crew bunk

Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal's executive assistant Jennifer D'Silva is alleged to have pressured the captain of its international flight to allow her to sleep on a bunk which is only meant for resting of flight crew members as per the DGCA norms, sources said.

The incident happened on the airline's Mumbai-Hong Kong flight recently in which D'Silva was traveling with her husband, they said. The flight time between the two cities is about five and a half hours.

"D'Silva was traveling to Hong Kong from Mumbai in the economy class. She wanted to sleep and asked for the bunk to be provided for this purpose. However, the pilot informed her that the bunk was only meant for the crew members and can't be given to a passenger. However, she forced the pilot to allow her to sleep on the bunk behind the cockpit," Jet Airways sources told PTI here.

They also said that the issue has been taken up with the members of the airline's pilots body, National Aviators Guild.

"The guild members are likely to discuss the issue on May 14 at their meeting with the management," the sources said.

When contacted, Jet Airways said that D'Silva had visited the bunk, but did not comment on the allegations.

"We confirm that the executive traveled in the economy class on the Bombay-Hong Kong sector, seated No 39A. She did visit the bunk area. However, this was not in violation of the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) rules," a Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement to PTI.