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Etihad / Jet Complete 24% Equity Stake Transaction

Etihad / Jet Complete 24% Equity Stake Transaction

Etihad Airways and Jet Airways have announced that the airlines closed the transaction for the subscription of a 24% equity stake by Etihad Airways in Jet Airways. All requisite Indian regulatory approvals had been obtained by 12th November 2013. Jet Airways

Jet Airways has, on 20th November 2013, issued and allotted 27,263,372 equity shares of a face value of Rs10 each at a price of Rs754.7361607 per equity share on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways.

Consequent to the above allotment, the paid up share capital of Jet Airways stands increased to 11,35,97,383 equity shares of Rs10 each. Following this issue and allotment of the said equity shares on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways holds 24% of the post issue paid up share capital of Jet Airways (on a fully diluted basis). Additionally, James Hogan and James Rigney, being nominee Directors of Etihad Airways, have been appointed as additional directors on the board of directors of Jet Airways as from 20th November 2013.

Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways, said: “The infusion of foreign direct investment in the aviation sector will result in economies of scale, grow traffic at our airports, and create job opportunities. I am confident that this investment will greatly benefit all our stakeholders whilst significantly benefitting our customers who will now have access to a more expanded global network.”

He also stressed that, together with Etihad Airways, Jet Airways would enhance connectivity for tourists, business travellers, Indian families and the wider travelling public.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of Etihad Airways, said: “India is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world and a key part of the Etihad Airways growth strategy. Through this association, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways will both be strengthened, as will the economies of India and the UAE. By linking our two networks and adding new flights, new routes and more code-share options, travel to, from and within India will become much easier.”

Naresh Goyal and James Hogan confirmed that the collaboration between the airlines would commence immediately with a view to delivering network and service benefits to customers as soon as possible. Specific details will be released progressively.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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