Air India is an Indian Airline. It was founded almost 90 years ago. On Friday Tata Group won the bid to acquire Air India. Before being nationalized in 1953, Tata Group founded it as Tata Airlines. And by the end of the year, the deal should be finalized, which puts Air India back to the Tata Group.
Ratan Tata tweeted a sentimental note with the caption “Welcome Back, Air India.”
Emotions were attached to the acquisition. And to better its position in the aviator sector, Tata will use the deal and make the best out of it.
The Tata Group runs two popular Airlines. The first one is Vistara, which is a joint venture with Singapore Airlines and the second one is AirAsia India, in which it holds a majority stake.
After Indigo, the Tata Group will become the second-largest domestic airline with Air India Acquisition.
After the Acquisition news, the employee union of Air India is very happy and excited about it.
Here’s what Tatas will gain with the Acquisition
- Air India will provide Tata Group complete access to hundred+ of planes, thousands of pilots, and crews with parking slots, lucrative landing all over the world.
- AirIndia will provide Tata Group complete control of 4,400 domestic and 1,800 international landing and parking slots at domestic airports.
- Air India will give Tatas 900 slots at airports overseas, the most lucrative of which is at London’s Heathrow.
- All employees of Air India will be called off. Air India has 8,084 permanent employees and 4001 contractual employees.
- AirIndia will acquire a 100 percent stake of Air India Express lost-cost arm and 50 percent of ASIATS, which provides ground handling service and cargo at major Indian airports.
- Air India having the highest number of employees on its roll per craft as compared to Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, and British Airways.
The winning bid of Tata Group
The Tata Group quoted the winning bid of Rs 18,000 crore. Out of which Rs 2,700 crore in cash and Rs 15,300 crore in debt takeover.
The bid made was able to defeat the Rs 15,100 crores offer. And The SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh proposed that. It was also able to cover the reserve amount of Rs 12, 906 crores fixed by the government for selling the complete stake in this loss-making carrier.
However, the transaction doesn’t include land. And building valued at Rs 14,718 crore, which are to be transferred to the government’s special purpose (SPV) Air Indian Asset Holding Limited (AIAHL).
AIAHL will also hold Rs 46,262 crore remaining debt of the airline.( total debt Rs 61,562 crore out of which Rs 15,300 crore will go to Tata’s)