Bangalore: After declaring that it would do whatever it takes to cut flab, Kingfisher Airlines has now said it will not retrench cabin staff.
“We have no excess staff and so there is no question of a retrenchment of any cabin crew,” Airlines chairman Vijay Mallya said late last night after a meeting with Deccan chief Captain G R Gopinath here.
Mallya after backing Jet’s retrenchment of staff had said yesterday that “Jet had sacked people, we have sacked people and we will do whatever it takes to cut down cost and flab”.
The Kingfisher chairman said, “We have gone through a very laborious extent of training our cabin crew perfectly who provide the finest standard of service in the Indian skies and we respect them and we don’t have excess numbers”.
Battling a clawing downturn enveloping the aviation industry, Jet Airways had yesterday announced laying off 1,900 jobs across all operations that will result in savings of $1 million a month.
“It is an unfortunate decision, which all of us in the company regret but it is an attempt to save the company and the jobs of the remaining employees,” Jet Airways Executive Director B Saroj Dutta had told reporters at the airlines headquarters in Mumbai.