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Vijay Mallya has a record of making sweeping statements with little action, but threatens to pull out his own money, which has kept the airline alive, as dozens of flights are cancelled due to its own staff.

Vijay Mallya has had it.

The multi-billionaire’s ailing Kingfisher Airlines has been in the middle of a nasty labor dispute all year. It can barely get enough money from creditors to pay its pilots, let alone pay the engineers who maintain the Airbusses that have been nearly completely grounded.

On Thursday, Mallya told striking pilots that they should just quit the company altogether. That puts Kingfisher in a precarious situation. What experienced commercial airline pilot, at this point in the game, would want to work for an airline that is struggling to pay the very people who keep the company airborne?

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Tags: india, kingfisher, labor, pilots