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Lessor moves NCLAT to stop Go First from flying aircraft

Jackson Square Aviation Ireland Ltd, the lessor for the grounded airline Go First, has moved the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) seeking directions to prevent its parked aircraft from being used for flying by the airline.

The lessor’s legal action is against the resolution professional (RP) of the airline, Shailendra Ajmera, and is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday at the NCLAT, a counsel connected to the case confirmed to Mint.

According to its counsel, Jackson Aviation is compelled to move the NCLAT because the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) did not grant the relief sought by the aircraft lessor, which includes the right to inspect the aircraft.
The latest plea also requests NCLAT to allow the lessors access to their aircraft in the manner that was allowed for Engine Lease Finance BV, an engine lessor that gained rights to access its engines on 18 August.

In the engine lessor’s case, the NCLAT modified the NCLT’s 26 July order that had allowed Go First to operate the leased aircraft. In its own directive, the NCLAT disagreed with the part of the NCLT’s order that restricted the lessor from inspecting the engines. Furthermore, in its 18 August order, the Appellate Tribunal directed the RP to set an inspection date within 10 days.

According to media reports, Go First’s Ireland-based lessor, ACG Aircraft Leasing, informed the court that critical components, including fan blades, escape slides, and other vital parts are missing from at least two aircraft. ACG submitted pictures and details of the missing items from two Airbus A320 planes in a non-public filing at the Delhi High Court on 28 July.

The list of missing items includes the captain’s “side stick” used for flying the aircraft, a tiller for ground steering, engine fan blades, a partially absent toilet seat, and a removed escape slide. (Source: Mint)

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