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June 7, 2005

Jet Airways denies terror link


by Brian Turner
Jet Airways denies terror link

Jet Airways, India’s dominant private sector air carrier, has vowed to go to court to fight accusations from a company also called Jet Airways that is based in the US state of Maryland.

The US company has alleged that the Indian company has ties to al-Qaeda. The Indian airline is scheduled to begin service to the US on June 23, and airline officials hope to meet that launch date despite the claim filed by the US company.

The accusations, made to the US department of transportation, allege that the Indian company is linked to Indian gangster Dawood Ibrahim and through him to al-Qaeda and claim that if the Indian company
is allowed to operate in the US it will give al-Qaeda access to American skies. The Indian company says that it has filed a rebuttal to the claims with the department of transportation.

Jet Airways of India also claims that the US company is a “shell company” with a suite of offices but no actual business activities, and that the real issue has to do with trade-name infringement.

Jet Airways of India is based in Mumbai and currently has 43 percent of the domestic market in India. It launched an initial public offering in March.

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