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Jet Airways has asked ju­nior pilots to furnish surety bonds worth up to one crore and serve the air­line for at least five to seven years. The de­vel­op­ment comes at a time when many of its ju­nior pilots have been asked to take ten days off ev­ery month, a move that would re­sult in up to 30 per cent pay cut, as part of cost sav­ing measures.

Sources at the Na­tional Avi­a­tors Guild (NAG), the pilots’ union of Jet Airways, said the bond re­quire­ment has been com­mu­ni­cated to the ju­nior pilots. Jet Airways has more than 200 ju­nior pilots in­clud­ing those un­der­go­ing train­ing. The NAG would be tak­ing up the mat­ter with the man­age­ment soon, sources added. On July 20, 2017, Jet Airways said that cer­tain de­vel­op­ments in the mar­ket, in­clud­ing that in the Gulf re­gion, as well as its con­tin­ued ef­forts to en­hance in­ter­nal ef­fi­cien­cies, have re­sulted in the re­view of net­work as also fleet and crew util­i­sa­tion. Con­se­quently, as a proac­tive mea­sure, the com­pany has made in­terim

align­ments to its crew work pat­terns, which will be re­viewed in fu­ture, in line with net­work growth.

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