Jet Airways Sells Stake To Etihad

By Jay Menon
Source: AWIN First

Jet reported a net profit of 850 million rupees in its fiscal third quarter, a marked improvement on the 1 billion rupees net loss in the previous third quarter. “This transaction further strengthens the balance sheet of Jet Airways and, more importantly, underpins future revenue streams, which will accelerate our return to sustainable profitability and liquidity,” Goyal says.

Etihad’s overall commitment to Jet includes an injection of $220 million to create and strengthen a wide-ranging partnership between the two carriers.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline also paid $70 million to purchase Jet’s three pairs of slots at London Heathrow Airport through a sale-leaseback agreement announced on Feb. 27. Jet continues to use those slots to operate London services.

Etihad invested $150 million through a majority equity investment in Jet’s frequent flyer program, “Jet Privilege,” subject to appropriate regulatory and corporate approvals and final commercial agreements, which are expected to be completed within the next six months.

The deal calls for Jet to establish a gateway in Abu Dhabi, and expand its reach through Etihad’s network.

Additional benefits for both airlines will come from synergies and cost savings in fleet acquisition, maintenance, product development and training. The airlines will explore joint purchasing opportunities for fuel, spare parts, equipment and catering supplies, as well as insurance and technology support.

Other areas of cooperation will include joint training of pilots, cabin crew and engineers, as well as maintenance of common aircraft types.

Etihad currently flies to nine Indian destinations, including Indira Ghandi International Airport in Delhi, Chennai International Airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, Calicut International Airport in Kozhikode, Trivandum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, Rajiv Ghandi International Airport in Hyderabad, Bengaluru International Airport, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad and Cochin International Airport in Kochi, with a total of 59 flights per week.

Etihad also has invested in Air Berlin—which has linked its Boeing 787 fleet plan with Etihad’s—Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus.

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