Air India to be handed over to Tatas today: Chairman Chandrasekaran
New Delhi: The management control of national carrier Air India is set to be handed over to a subsidiary of Tata Sons.
According to highly placed sources, the Chairman of Tata Group N. Chandrasekaran is in national capital to meet key Central government officials before the formal handing over ceremony.
Notably, the process would entail constitution of a new Air India Board with Tata nominees.
Earlier this week, in a communication to the airlines employees, a senior Air India official wrote: “The disinvestment of Air India is now decided to be on January 27, 2022.
“The closing balance sheet as on January 20 has to be provided today, i.e., January 24, so that it can be reviewed by Tatas and any changes can be effected on Wednesday.”
The communication further read: “The next three days will be hectic for our department and I request all of you to give your best in these last three-four days before we get divested. We may have to work till late in the night to complete the task given to us.”
Last month, the Competition Commission of India approved the acquisition of Air India, Air India Express and Air India SATS Airport Services by Talace, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons.
The acquisition envisaged 100 per cent equity share capital of Air India and Air India Express, and 50 per cent for that of Air India SATS Airport Services by Talace.
The airline, along with AIXL, is primarily engaged in the business of providing domestic and international scheduled air passenger transport service, along with air cargo transport service.
Air India SATS Airport Services is engaged in the business of providing ground handling services at Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mangaluru and Thiruvananthapuram airports, and cargo handling services at Bengaluru airport.
Tata Sons’ subsidiary Talace had emerged as the highest bidder for the national carrier under the divestment process.
It had quoted an enterprise value of Rs 18,000 crore for 100 per cent equity shareholding of the Centre in Air India along with that of Air India Express and AISATS.
On its part, the Centre had stipulated a reserve price of Rs 12,906 crore.