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    October 17, 2008

    Just who is Jet Airways kidding here?

    On 15 October 2008, Jet Airways 'released from service' around 1900 employees, most of them being new hires and on probation in order to protect the future viability of the company given the economic scenario.

    Such a decision could not have been taken without the knowledge of the founder-chairman, Mr. Naresh Goyal. The chairman would have also realized the implications of laying off so many employees. Jet Airways' management had their own reasons for doing so.

    But exactly who are they kidding when Mr. Goyal said in a hastily convened press conference an hour or so ago that all those employees would be taken back? In fact, he said that he had not discussed this with the management. Even worse, he said that his management did it on the basis of the economic condition, and that he didn't know about the management's decision.

    Mr. Goyal is the public face of Jet Airways. Does anyone know who Mr. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer is? He is the CEO, and I can't even recognize his face on television. Either Mr. Goyal tells a fabulous tale, or Jet's management is so inept that they don't keep him informed about a decision that was always going to have disastrous PR consequences.

    If I were a CEO, the first thing I'd contemplate doing is to hand in my resignation. Mr. Goyal has effectively made Mr. Proc-Schauer and the rest of the CXOs look like heartless asses.

    Would Jet have been better off if it hadn't forked out $500+ million for Air Sahara?

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