Jet Airways grounded: Vijay Mallya takes a dig at govt; Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher thank airline for 'excellent' service
Celebrities got nostalgic as the airline suspended its operations after it failed to get funding.
According to ET, a report said that the troubled carrier made a loss of Rs 21 crore daily, and has at least Rs 15,000 crore of debt and dues.
With deep sadness and a heavy heart we would like to share that, effective immediately, we will be suspending all o… https://t.co/BUMZL8wZuf— Jet Airways (@jetairways) 1555517971000
Fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, who is also Chairman of The UB Group, was one of the first to share his sympathies for the airline. Appreciating Jet's former chairman and promoter Naresh Goyal, the Kingfisher founder expressed concern on why so 'many airlines have bitten the dust in India'.
Even though we were fierce competitors, my sympathies go out to Naresh and Neeta Goyal who built Jet Airways that I… https://t.co/PAWglOMXy0— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) 1555455796000
Soon after, tweets from the tinsel town started flooding the social media platform.
While actor Siddharth indulged in wordplay from lyrics of John Denver's popular song 'Leaving On A Jet Plane', Rishi Kapoor - who is undergoing treatment in New York - thanked Jet for serving its customers with utmost love and care.
I'm leaving on a Jet plane:( #JetAirways https://t.co/y3FH0UiRBn— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) 1555562086000
My heartfelt wishes for the Jet Airways people. You have served us with utmost love and care. Thank you. Sorry for… https://t.co/LbmQSssnyz— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) 1555557230000
Anupam Kher also thanked the carrier for their professionalism and service.
This is such a sad news. I really loved the professionalism, the service and the people of @jetairways. Hope thin… https://t.co/kUAdNdVpLL— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) 1555509468000
Actress-turned-politician Gul Panag, who is a trained pilot herself, quoted last year's tweet congratulating Jet on completing 25 years of service. She wished the airline luck.
@jetairways . Loved the experience. Always the ‘Joy of Flying ‘. Here’s wishing you all the best and hoping you… https://t.co/FJH0cLmOnv— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) 1555517920000
'Veere Di Wedding' actress Swara Bhaskar also said she hopes to see Jet back in the skies again.
Will miss you @jetairways You were always my first choice for air travel! Your crew and on-board teams were so hosp… https://t.co/RhGuJVpNW7— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) 1555540382000
A couple of days ago, actress Raveena Tandon took to Twitter to pray for the airline.
Just wishing that a miracle really saves @jetairways .Its been my preferred airline always , many of the staff and… https://t.co/1Ft7EWa1iB— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) 1555259697000
Indian skies can never be the same without @jetairways , I am sure it will bounce back and millions of livelihoods… https://t.co/eGVtbn5aj0— sonu sood (@SonuSood) 1555531289000
From the business world, Aloke Bajpai, founder and CEO of ixigo.com, thanked the airline for being the first to partner with his start-up. He also added that he will miss the 'imli' (tamarind) candies that were served on Jet flights.
Thanks @jetairways for being one of the first partners of @ixigo - hope to see them back in a new avatar soon.… https://t.co/9OezZ4vTEU— Aloke Bajpai (@alokebajpai) 1555524133000
From the sports field, former cricketers Mohammed Azharuddin and Sanjay Manjrekar expressed sadness to not see the airline fly again.
I have always loved flying with Jet Airways and I’m saddened this day has come. So miss the good old days and their… https://t.co/97NEMaj3Ia— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) 1555534400000
Not flying @jetairways this IPL is a real pity. A world class airline that made domestic flying a real pleasure....… https://t.co/4CqECKldy8— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 1555567166000
Comedian Atul Khatri showed his funny side with a series of tweets asking help from India's richest person and RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani.
Mukeshbhai could have bought #JetAirways just by using Nitaben's unutilised JP Miles (Inspired by @HumorouslyVipul )— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) 1555561115000
Around 20,000 employees and passengers were hit hard as the carrier announced suspension after being unable to maintain even bare minimum operations. At present, the airline has over 15,000 direct and 5,000 indirect employees. It operated five aircraft with over 25 flights on Wednesday.