For a price, AAI lets lessors take Kingfisher Airlines planes
The deal benefits both the lessor and AAI, both of whom are owed money by Vijay Mallya’s company. Releasing the aircraft allows the lessor to lease them out again. And besides bringing in cash for AAI, also frees up precious space the aircraft were occupying in Indian airports.
“We receive a lot of requests from the lessors of these Kingfisher planes, who now want to take them back. We have put up a charge of Rs 10 crore for large Airbus 320 aircraft, and Rs 2.5 crore for small aircraft (ATRs) for lessors to take them back. This helps us in clearing our dues and the lessors get back the aircraft, which they can lease again,” a senior AAI official said.
“We have already been able to earn Rs 5 crore by allowing a lessor to take back two of its ATRs two-and-a-half months back,” he added.
AAI has some 30 Kingfisher aircraft in its possession. Eight of these are ATRs, and the rest are large planes. Kingfisher is not paying the lessors, who are desperate to have their aircraft back. If all lessors took up the offer, AAI could theoretically recover three-quarters of its dues