Etihad due diligence on Naresh Goyal's Jet Airways seen within week: CEO
On January 31, Etihad delegation led by Hogan, and Jet Airways promoter Naresh Goyal had met Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma in New Delhi.
The very next day, top brass of the two carriers also met Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
It has been speculated that Etihad is keen on picking up 24 per cent equity in Jet Airways valued at about Rs 1,800 crore. The two carriers are expected to clinch the deal soon and apply for FIPB clearance.
While the Abu Dhabi-based carrier could have a fair number of seats on the Jet Board, a new CEO, probably an Indian, could be appointed for Jet jointly by the management of the two airlines once the deal is implemented.
Goyal is likely to retain his position as Jet Chairman under the changes in the management structure that are being foreseen, according to various sources.
Besides expanding the equity base of the premier Indian carrier, a major reason for Goyal to dilute part of his shareholding in Jet from 80 per cent has been the FIPB order to bring it down to regulatory levels. Jet has an equity base of 8.63 crore shares, valued at Rs 5,370 crore.
At the end of the December quarter, M/S Tailwinds, Jet's promoter
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