Tag Archives: FDI

Jetihad deal finally clears FIPB, but still has long way to go

by Devesh Agarwal The 24% stake sale by India’s Jet Airways to Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has been finally cleared by India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), albeit with conditions, after the share holder agreement (SHA) was changed to incorporate the apprehensions of the government of India. One of the conditions imposed by the FIBP requires prior Government approval before …

Read More »

Your opinion: Question of the week: Is Jet Airways too financially weak? What should existing investors do?

by Devesh Agarwal Majority of Jet’s A330 fleet parked at New Delhi’s IGI airport In what is not a very uncommon development, The Economic Times reports, India’s financial markets’ watchdog, the Securities Exchange Board of India, better known as SEBI, has written to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the approver of FDI proposals, expressing concern on the agreement to …

Read More »

Opinion: Approving AirAsia-Tata airline will derail goals of FDI in aviation policy

The announcement that AirAsia is joining hands with the Tatas and Bhatias with the intention to start a new airline in India will put the a significant policy dilemma in front of the Government of India related to foreign direct investment (FDI) in civil aviation by foreign airlines, and might just land-up derailing the goals of the fledging policy. While …

Read More »

Analaysis: Etihad reports full year 2012 profit; equity investments beneficial for both Etihad and partners

by Vinay Bhaskara Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER — Image Credit Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi based Eithad Airways reported its second straight year of profitability, with calendar year 2012 witnessing a net profit of US $42 million (versus $14 million), on revenues of $4.8 billion (up from $4.1 billion in 2011). Full year EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and …

Read More »

Indian aviation 2012 review Part 1: Overall trends

by Vinay BhaskaraThis is part 1 of our 2012 review of Indian aviation. Part 2 will come next week with a carrier by carrier review of  2012 in Indian aviation. When the story of Indian commercial aviation in 2012 is told, the overarching narrative across almost the entire industry will be one of cautious optimism (though Kingfisher Airlines obviously belies this …

Read More »

Big Bang Friday – Indian cabinet clears foreign direct investment (FDI) in the civil aviation sector

This has been an interesting week for civil aviation in India. Last Saturday saw the much delayed arrival of Air India’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at New Delhi. The national carrier had taken delivery of VT-ANH just two days earlier. See a video of the 787 being assembled. Very early, yesterday morning, September 13, saw the arrival of the new …

Read More »

How India’s airline market lost its way

The following was posted as a guest post over at The Wandering Aramean, a great travel blog written by Seth Miller which also doubles as a travel tool site. Be sure to check his site out, and stay tuned, as we will have some guest content from him this week. When India’s Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, and SpiceJet all recently …

Read More »

Indian government approves airlines to borrow $1 billion overseas, but delays FDI

The government of India will allow aviation companies to borrow up to $1 billion (Rs. 5,100 crore) collectively and up to $300 million individually, from overseas, via the external commercial borrowings (ECB) route, as per a statement released by the finance ministry today. In his Budget speech last month, the Indian Finance Minister had announced that companies in the aviation …

Read More »

Restoring India’s Aviation Competitiveness: Tony Tyler

The following speech was given by the CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler, at the India Aviation 2012 Air Show in Hyderabad. Our comments are included in the quote and are italicized and colored red. Good morning and thank you for the invitation to address the opening session of this important event. Congratulations to the Ministry …

Read More »

FDI is not a panacea; but a step in the right direction

When new Indian civil aviation Minister Ajit Singh announced that the national government would soon begin the process of allowing 49% foreign direct investment (FDI) by international carriers into India’s airlines Tuesday, India’s flailing airline industry breathed a heavy sigh of relief. Following a 75 minute meeting with finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, Singh stated, “the question was to allow foreign …

Read More »