Disinvestment on cards, Tata group and Singapore Airlines ready to bid for Air India

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 05, 2018, 11.35 AM (IST)

Just days after aviation minister Raju said the government does not want Air India to "go the Kingfisher way", Vistara's CEO Leslie Thng said today that Tata Group and Singapore Airlines are "open to bid" for Air India.

Vistara Airlines which started operations in India two years ago is a joint venture between Tata group and Singapore Airlines.

"The two promoters are open to evaluate bids for Air India. They keep an open mind," Vistara CEO Thng said.

Tata group chairman N. Chandrasekaran had said last year that his group was ready to bid for the state-run airlines.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had said in Lok Sabha last week: "We don't want Air India to go the Kingfisher (Airlines) way," adding,"We want the Air India to serve the nation, to serve the people and fly high."

The minister had told India's lower house that a ministerial committee headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley is looking into the matter of disinvestment of Air India.

Niti Aayog has recommended complete privatisation of Air India which has been running at a loss for decades. 

In 2012, the UPA government headed by PM Manmohan Singh had extended a bailout package of 30,000 crore as the national airways struggled to keep afloat.

The airline has a debt of more than Rs 52,000 crore.

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Niti Aayog's has recommended complete privatisation of Air India which has been running at a loss for decades.?||The airline has a debt of more than Rs 52,000 crore.