Passengers travelling on Kingfisher Airlines are going through the somewhat surreal experience of having their pilots venting their problems over the plane's announcement system.
Indraneil Basu, who flew from New Delhi to Mumbai on Kingfisher flight IT 338, says a bumpy landing was made worse by the Captain's announcement. "He apologized and said, ' We haven't got our salaries because our airline can't pay taxes. This is our form of a silent protest." Mr Basu is an NDTV employee.
Today's Economic Times also reported similar experiences. "Some Kingfisher pilots who have not been paid for two months took the unusual step of airing their grievances over the aircraft announcement system on flights out of Delhi on Wednesday," the newspaper said. The article says that pilots told passengers, "It is their sense of duty towards the guest that is making them fly despite not being paid salaries for the past two months."
When contacted, Kingfisher Airlines refused to comment on the report.
The airline, which is owned by Vijay Mallya, has become a national headline because of its financial crisis.