Air India gets reprieve in UK court over aircraft lease payments

Air India gets reprieve in UK court over aircraft lease payments

Air India has got some reprieve from a UK court as it allowed India’s flag carrier time until early January to make payments in a case of unpaid dues of over USD 17.6 million, with the judge accepting the “broad thrust” of the airline’s financial difficulties, especially due to the grounding of flights during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Judge Simon Salzedo, however, issued a strong rebuke to Air India for its “unsatisfactory and discourteous” conduct in relation to the case by not engaging with the process in a timely manner.

The hearing, held remotely at the Commercial Court division here on Friday, involved unpaid dues of over USD 17.6 million to China Aircraft Leasing Company Limited (CALC) as part of an aircraft lease agreement for rent and maintenance.

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