, 2022-12-05 04:34:39,
However, the union will also add to the pressure on domestic carriers that are grappling with severe headwinds.
Over the next few years, Air India is likely to emerge as a global network carrier in terms of size, scale and standards of service, according to Capa India, an aviation consultancy.
“This merger will bring corporate strength to the sector, which will have a positive impact on the entire ecosystem,” Capa says.
Vistara is an Indian airline owned by Tata in a joint venture with Singapore Airlines.
Tata will hold nearly 75 per cent of the entity, while Singapore Airlines will own the remaining stake. Singapore Airlines is to invest $252 million in Air India under the deal.
The move comes as India’s aviation industry tries to recover from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on airlines worldwide, while at the same time trying to manage high expenses, including fuel costs — made even more expensive due to a sharp depreciation in the Indian rupee against the US dollar.
Adding to the tough market environment, competition is mounting with the launch of Akasa Air — backed by the late India billionaire stock investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala…
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