Rajit Ranjan, the airline’s vice president of flight operations, told employees in an internal memo asking them to “be available for the flight so that the relaunch goes smoothly and we start flying as soon as possible.”
Pilots will have to undergo a four-hour refresher on the airline’s monsoon operations and other topics as preparation for restarting operations. “As there has been a shortcoming in flight operations, I can urge you to take utmost precautions as always and keep flight safety first,” Ranjan’s note said.
“In the coming days, the DGCA will conduct an audit to verify our preparation. Once approved by the regulator, we will start operations soon,” the statement said, adding that the government was very supportive and asked the airline to start operations as soon as possible.
The airline told employees April salaries will be paid before it resumes operations. “Also, starting next month, salary will be paid in the first week of each month,” the statement adds.
The note reads: “First of all, thank you for supporting us during these turbulent times. As you know, we have been allowed since NCLT extension maintain the aircraft and resume operations as a going concern. This was a landmark decision in Indian aviation history. The Indian government has been very helpful and asked us to start operations as soon as possible. They are also helping us troubleshoot the Pratt and Whitney engine. As part of the readiness program, a four-hour update on monsoon operations, performance, etc. was planned. The DGCA will conduct an audit to check our readiness in the coming days.
“Once approved by the regulator, we would begin operations soon. Operations team will get in touch with you for list and training schedule. The CEO has ensured that your salary for the month of April will be credited to your account before operations start. Also, starting next month, salary will be paid in the first week of each month. All departments are actively preparing for the start of operations. You are requested to be available for the flight so that the relaunch goes smoothly and we will start flying as soon as possible. Since there has been a gap in flight operations, I can urge you to take maximum precautions as always and keep flight safety first,” he adds.
The DGCA will review Go First’s operational readiness to see if it has the necessary financial and manpower strength to safely organize flights again.