Diageo deal could pull Kingfisher back
Kingfisher, which Mallya launched with much fanfare in 2005, was once India's second-largest airline by domestic market share. For most of this year, the carrier has struggled to pay its staff, and it has not flown since early October due to protests and safety concerns.
In the event of Kingfisher's demise, its creditors would hardly get anything back as India does not have a formal bankruptcy process. Analysts say they may be willing to find some middle ground, lured by the prospect of getting at least some of their money back after the airline resumes flying.
Lenders will meet with company senior executives later this month to discuss a turnaround plan, banking sources said.
When we see money in their hands we can always ask them to return some to us, a senior official with a state-run bank and one of Kingfisher lenders told Reuters, declining to say whether the bank would commit more money to the carrier.
Any decision to lend more to Kingfisher would be based on a fresh infusion of equity from its founders and a credible plan to revive the airline, State Bank of India's Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri said last week.
Few doubt Mallya's capacity to pull off another surprise, bringing in an investor to rescue the airline. He told Reuters last month that two investment bankers had been hired as part of a search for potential
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