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Delhi HC issues notice to Go First’s RP & DGCA

The Delhi High Court issued notices to Go First’s resolution professional and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in response to a plea filed by aircraft lessors BOC Aviation (Ireland) Ltd, ACG Aircraft Leasing Ireland and DAE (SY22) 13 Ireland Designated Activity Company. The court will give additional directions on September 19 for the maintenance of the Go First fleet.

During the proceedings, BOC Aviation highlighted the poor condition of Go First’s planes during the inspection. The main body and landing gear were found to be inadequately maintained and dirty. Algae was discovered on the plane, likely due to unusual rain, and water had accumulated on the aircraft due to a lack of covering. Scratches on the panels and signs of subpar maintenance were also noted.

BOC Aviation further informed the court that their aircraft had been in long-term storage in Coonoor even before the moratorium, with engines removed in December 2022, and no commercial flights have taken place since December 2022, adding to the deterioration of their planes.

In addition to BOC Aviation, another aircraft lessor, ACG Aircraft Leasing, has sought court intervention and further instructions in a recent plea. This request follows their earlier private filing, where they urged Go First to replace missing components, including fan blades, in their leased aircraft. The court has requested a resubmission of documents for this case, which will be considered later. The court is also scheduled to hear the ongoing deregistration case filed by multiple aircraft and engine lessors.

In an interim order issued in July, the Delhi High Court allowed lessors to inspect their parked aircraft. This order was subsequently upheld by both the division bench of the High Court and the Supreme Court.

Go First has filed for insolvency due to financial difficulties attributed to faulty engines from Pratt and Whitney. (Source: Republic World)

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