Jet Airways Indian pilots allege expat pilots make racist comments

Jet Airways Indian pilots union alleged that some of the expat pilots make disparaging and racist comments and the airline has been giving local pilots a ‘step-motherly treatment’


On 15 April, NAG issued a directive to all its members to not fly with foreign pilots in the airline from 1 May. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint.
On 15 April, NAG issued a directive to all its members to not fly with foreign pilots in the airline from 1 May. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint.

Mumbai: The National Aviators Guild (NAG), a union of Jet Airways pilots of Indian nationality, have alleged that some of the expat pilots have been making disparaging, inappropriate and racist comments against the pilots of Indian nationality and the carrier has been giving the local pilots a “step-motherly treatment”.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NAG demanded swift action by the management. On its part, the Naresh Goyal- promoted airline maintained it has a strict code of conduct for all its employees.

“The Jet Airways management is expected to respond swiftly and ought to disallow training and flying of these expat pilots and ought to issue a diktat to said expat pilots to apologise or else leave forthwith,” the statement said.

The carrier has around 60 expat commanders, who mainly operate its Boeing 737 and ATR fleet. On 15 April, NAG issued a directive to all its members not to fly with the foreign pilots from 1 May.

Stressing on the need for collective action, the guild said the airline’s reputation cannot be “tarnished by racist and hateful comments made by certain misguided foreign nationals.”

In an email response, a Jet Airways spokesperson said the carrier is “an equal opportunities employer and endeavours to employ the best human capital irrespective of race, gender, caste, creed or religion.”

He further added that all its employees, regardless of nationality, are governed by a strict and common code of conduct. “As part of its open door policy, the airline encourages all employee groups to engage in consultative processes and arrive at amicable solutions,” he said.

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