Air India Announces Merger With Vistara By March 2024

New Delhi: The Tata Group on Tuesday announced the consolidation of its airlines – Vistara and Air India.

Air India will be the country’s leading domestic and international carrier with a combined fleet of 218 aircraft and India’s largest international carrier and second-largest domestic carrier, the group said in a statement.

Vistara will merge with Air India after all the requisite approvals come in, the company said. As part of the merger transaction, SIA will invest Rs 2,059 crore in Air India and following the consolidation, SIA will hold a 25.1 per cent shareholding in Air India, it added.

The transaction is estimated to be completed by March 2024.

“The merger of Vistara and Air India is an important milestone in our journey to make Air India a truly world-class airline. We are transforming Air India, with the aim of providing a great customer experience, every time, for every customer. As part of the transformation, Air India is focusing on growing both its network and fleet, revamping its customer proposition, enhancing safety, reliability, and on-time performance,” N Chandrasekaran, the chairman of Tata Sons, said in a statement.

“We are excited about the opportunity of creating a strong Air India which would offer both full-service and low-cost service across domestic and international routes,” he added.

Tata Sons acquired a 100 per cent stake in Air India on January 27, 2022, through its fully-owned subsidiary, Talace Private Limited.

Vistara, which is a 51-49 joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, is a full-service carrier with international operations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

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