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Jet Informs Employees, It Can Not Provide Mediclaim

"In the absence of any emergency funding from the lenders or any other source of funds forthcoming in the near future, we find ourselves facing a situation where we are not able to fund the premium of our Group Mediclaim Policy,"

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Lenders of Jet Airways led by SBI are currently in the process of selling the airline to recover their dues of over Rs 8,400 crore. Pixabay

Faced with severe liquidity crisis, grounded Jet Airways has informed employees that it will not be able to fund the premium of Group Mediclaim Policy and advised them to take medical cover of their choice.

IANS first reported on April 27 that Jet employees face uncertainty over extension of their Mediclaim provided by the company.

“In the absence of any emergency funding from the lenders or any other source of funds forthcoming in the near future, we find ourselves facing a situation where we are not able to fund the premium of our Group Mediclaim Policy,” the airline Chief People Officer Rahul Taneja wrote in a letter to its employees.

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We are working with them proactively to find opportunities to revive our beloved airline. Pixabay

He said that the Group Mediclaim Policy lapses on the midnight of April 30, 2019, adding that “these circumstances are not of our doing and much as we would wish to do things differently, we are left with little choice”.

Taneja, however, sounded optimistic and gave hope about revival of the airline.

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“I must also state that we have not yet given up on our efforts and continue to engage with the lenders and support them in the bid process. We are working with them proactively to find opportunities to revive our beloved airline. As soon as we have more clarity on this matter, we will share the same with you,” he said.

Lenders of Jet Airways led by SBI are currently in the process of selling the airline to recover their dues of over Rs 8,400 crore. Private equity firm TPG Capital, Indigo Partners, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Etihad Airways are in the race to buy a stake in the grounded Jet Airways. (IANS)

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Qantas Completes Test of Longest Non-Stop Passenger Flight

Passengers set their watches to Sydney time after boarding and were kept awake until night fell in eastern Australia to reduce their jetlag

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The flight with 49 people onboard took 19 hours and 16 minutes to reach Sydney on Sunday, a 16,200-km route, the BBC reported. Pixabay

Australian flag carrier Qantas on Sunday said that it has completed testing a New York to Sydney flight, deemed as the world’s longest with nearly 20 hours in the air without layovers, as part of a research on how the journey could affect the people onboard.

The flight, which departed New York on Friday, is the first of three planned test flights involving the new Boeing 757-9s aircraft which are set to cover new direct routes between Sydney and, London and New York.

The flight with 49 people onboard took 19 hours and 16 minutes to reach Sydney on Sunday, a 16,200-km route, the BBC reported.

Passengers set their watches to Sydney time after boarding and were kept awake until night fell in eastern Australia to reduce their jetlag.

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The flight, which departed New York on Friday, is the first of three planned test flights involving the new Boeing 757-9s aircraft which are set to cover new direct routes between Sydney and, London and New York. Pixabay

Six hours later, they were served a high-carbohydrate meal and the lights were dimmed to encourage them to sleep.

Onboard tests included monitoring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness as well as exercise classes for passengers and analysis of the impact of crossing so many time zones on people’s bodies.

According to Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, the development was a “really significant first for aviation”.

Competition in the ultra-long haul aviation market has intensified in recent years, with various airlines flying extended routes, the BBC reported.

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Singapore Airlines launched a near-19 hour journey from Singapore to New York last year, which is currently the world’s longest regular commercial flight.

Also last year, Qantas began a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London, while Qatar Airways operates a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha. (IANS)