Friday, 20 September 2013 02:46
Reuters: Tata Sons conglomerate and Singapore Airlines will form a full-service airline based in New Delhi, adding a deep-pocketed player to a fast-growing but competitive Indian aviation sector where most operators lose money.
Tata Sons said it will own 51 percent of the carrier and Singapore Airlines will own the remainder. Singapore Airlines said the initial outlay of $100 million would be funded by the two sides in proportion to their ownership.
“It is Tata Sons’ evaluation that civil aviation in India offers sustainable growth potential,” Tata Group’s Prasad Menon, who will be the chairman of the planned carrier with Singapore Airlines, said in a statement.
Tata Airways was India’s largest airline before the government took it over in 1953 as part of its nationalisation drive following India’s independence from Great Britain, and was rebranded Air India.
In 2000, the Tatas and Singapore Airlines jointly bid for a stake in Indian Airlines, the state carrier that later merged with Air India, although rules preventing foreign airlines from investing in Indian carriers thwarted a deal.