Post Etihad deal, Jet may shift global base to Abu Dhabi
The deal, under which Etihad is to pick 24 per cent stake in the Indian carrier for Rs 1,600 crore, could also give Jet access to aviation turbine fuel at much cheaper rates, according to the broad contours of the deal that has now entered the final stages of negotiations.
“As part of the deal, both the airlines will operate flights on code share and Jet will shift its international base to Abu Dhabi from Brussels. At Abu Dhabi, Jet will also get fuel at a cheaper cost. Apart from Rs 1,600 crore for the 24 per cent stake in Jet, both the airlines will also get into code share to operate flights,” said a source in the know. Jet, the source said, is also likely to put on hold its plan to join the Star Alliance. “With the code share with Etihad, they will expand their network and may not join the Star Alliance,” the source added. An SMS sent to the Jet Airways spokesperson did not elicit any response.
If this deal goes through, Jet Airways will be the first airline to get investments from a foreign airline after the Indian government relaxed norms allowing foreign carriers to buy up to 49 per cent stake in Indian carriers.
Analysts also say that both the airlines will benefit from the
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