Non supply of engines leads to cancellation of Go First Airways flights, airline files for insolvency resolution
Go First Airways, a budget airline in India, has recently come under scrutiny after cancelling all flights on May 3 and May 4, prompting the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to issue a show cause notice to the airline. The DGCA has given the airline 24 hours to explain why appropriate action should not be taken against them for violating regulations.
The Union Aviation Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia, has issued an official statement acknowledging that Go First has been facing critical supply chain issues with regard to their engines. The Government of India has been assisting the airline in every possible manner, but unfortunately, the operational bottleneck has dealt a severe blow to the airline's financial position. The airline has applied to
the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) due to this situation, and the government is waiting for the judicial process to run its course.
Meanwhile, Go First has informed the DGCA that the cancellations were due to non-supply of engines by US-based jet engines manufacturer Pratt and Whitney (P&W), which has forced the grounding of more than 50 planes. The budget carrier has grounded 28 planes, more than half of its fleet, due to non-supply of engines by P&W, resulting in a financial crunch for the airline.
To protect the interests of the company, Go First has filed an application for voluntary insolvency resolution proceedings before the NCLT, Delhi. The airline has informed the government about the developments and will also be submitting
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a detailed report to the DGCA. Flights will be suspended on May 3 and 4, and once the NCLT admits the application, the flights will be restarted.
The sudden cancellation of flights has caused inconvenience to passengers, and the DGCA has directed Go First to make alternative travel arrangements for passengers to minimize the inconvenience. It is crucial for airlines to prioritize the needs and safety of their passengers, and any violation of regulations can lead to severe consequences.
The airline industry has been hit hard due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and airlines have been struggling to stay afloat. However, it is crucial for airlines to maintain transparency and follow regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of their passengers. The
government and aviation regulatory bodies must also provide necessary support and assistance to airlines during these challenging times to prevent such situations from arising in the future.
In conclusion, Go First Airways' financial troubles and non-supply of engines have led to the cancellation of flights, which has caused inconvenience to passengers. The airline has filed for voluntary insolvency resolution proceedings before the NCLT, and flights will resume once the application is admitted. It is important for airlines to prioritize the needs of their passengers and follow regulations to prevent any violations that could lead to severe consequences. The government and aviation regulatory bodies must also provide necessary support and assistance to airlines during these challenging times to prevent similar situations in the future.