MUMBAI: State-owned United Bank of India has become the first of the 17 lenders to publicly admit that it no longer expects to recover its dues from the beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines. Interestingly, the Kolkata-based lender was the first bank to attempt to get Vijay Mallya, the chairman of Kingfisher Airlines, tagged as a wilful defaulter. Mallya and UB Group, however, challenged this tag in the court.
NEW DELHI: With banks going after him to recover unpaid loans given to long-grounded Kingfisher Airlines, beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya remains defiant and says the "only regret" he has that the carrier is not flying when the oil price has dipped so low. "I have no regrets as such. Perhaps the only regret is that Kingfisher Airlines is not flying today when the oil price is so low," Mallya said. Global crude oil prices have fallen by almost 75 per cent from the peak seen in mid-2014.
NEW DELHI: In fresh troubles for Vijay Mallya-led UB Group, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is probing alleged fund diversions by the long-grounded Kingfisher Airlines to other group firms and has sought details from United Spirits in this regard. Once a flagship firm of Mallya group, United Spirits Ltd (USL) is now controlled by British liquor giant Diageo. In a BSE filing this evening, United Spirits confirmed that the SFIO has sought information from the company about alleged fund diversions by Kingfisher Airlines.
NEW DELHI: Grounded Kingfisher Airlines today said Bharath Raghavan has ceased to be its company secretary and compliance officer from July 31. In a regulatory filing, the airline said that Raghavan has resigned from the services of United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd with effect from the close of business hours on July 31. "Consequently his secondment to Kingfisher Airlines Ltd has simultaneously come to an end and he has ceased to be the company secretary and compliance officer of Kingfisher Airlines Ltd after the close of business hours on July 31, 2015," the filing said.
MUMBAI: In their second attempt at recovering a part of the dues of over Rs 9,000 crore from now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, lenders will re-auction the airlines' trademarks, including Kingfisher logo and the once-famous tag-line 'Fly the Good Times' tomorrow, but at a lower reserve price of Rs 330.03 crore. The 17-lender consortium led by State Bank of India has also put the Flying Models, Funliner, Fly Kingfisher and Flying Bird Device on the block. The one-hour e-auction of various trademarks of the airlines will begin at 1130 hrs.
NEW DELHI: Various airlines, including the defunct Kingfisher, owed Rs 3,030 crore to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at the end of December last year, the government said today. "The total dues from various airlines as on December 31, 2015 amount to Rs 2,793.04 crore towards aeronautical charges and Rs 236.60 crore towards non-aeronautical charges," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. He was responding to a query on whether various Indian and foreign airlines owe dues to AAI for availing of fuel and other facilities.
Hong Kong (AFP) - Pilots of Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific were due to start work-to-rule action Thursday after long-running pay talks broke down, raising the prospect of delays and cancellations in the run-up to Christmas.