Word has it that Kingfisher Airlines pilots and engineers (those that have stayed back) are joining hands to call a work strike from August 9th
They haven't got salaries for half a year now.
If a plan like that goes through, this could mean a skeleton 12 planes and 85 daily flights schedule may also go for a free spin. (Kingfisher had a 66 aircraft fleet till last year)
The airline's flamboyant owner Vijay Mallya is likely to be in the capital, New Delhi from a Europe tour (F1 and other things) this week to attend the Parliament session where he also holds the office as a lawmaker in Rajya Sabha.
A six week parliament session suggests no real policy decision (foreign airline investment in domestic carriers being the talking point) will be announced till the session gets over.
That means no salaries for employees for 9 months perhaps? Who would have thought that a five star airline, one of India's best brands, would need to holocaust its ego like this. And leave its starry eyed employees in a mountain of debt and shame.
Picture above : Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya with ministers Praful Patel, Sharad Pawar and SM Krishna at the lavish launch party in 2005