Monday, October 1, 2012

Kingfisher- Tick Tock Tick Tock

Neelam Mathews
Oct 1, 2012

It is interesting to note that after we published our blog on the mishandling of a manager at Mumbai airport by engineers not paid their salaries, the PR division of Kingfisher woke up to the fact that the "inconvenience that may be caused to our valued guests on account of this unprecedented action." 

The press release of Kingfisher says: " A section of employees of Kingfisher Airlines has not been reporting to work over the last fortnight and over the past 2 days, they have been threatening and even manhandling the other employees who are reporting to work as usual."

So if they knew this was happening for two days, why did the airline not find the need to inform their "valued customers?"  "We are doing our best to minimize the impact of these anticipated disruptions," says the release. Really? Pray, tell us how.

Now we're hearing the mantri (minister) talk of revoking Kingfisher's license if its aircraft number falls below five. At the risk of sounding a doomsday soothsayer, this seems to be close to happening as the carrier, we hear, has a fleet of eight left. We could not confirm this.  And it seems to be premeditated move by the airline- but that's just our opinion..

Is the minister, meanwhile, going to ensure that people not paid by Kingfisher for 6-7 months will not be sidetracked? What happens to safety till the time KFAs inventory hits 4? Is this not a loud wakeup up call? Or are we still waiting for, as the minister said recently: "No incident has happened as yet," to happen?

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