A-I, Indian merger to create behemoth

If the government merges Air-India with Indian, the new entity will be powerful enough to close in on the big boys of aviation like Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates. 
 
Besides having a fleet of 120 aircraft, the proposed entity will have a workforce of 33,000, a combined turnover of $4 billion and control over 70 per cent of the real estate at airports (like parking bays, hangars and maintenance slots) in Mumbai and Delhi. 
 
“The merged entity will have 120 aircraft in the next three years as part of the current acquisition plan. With an initial public offer following the merger, the airline may go for further expansion,” a source said. 
 
In the next three years, the merged entity will be able to compete with leading carriers in Asia like Emirates, which has over 93 aircraft, Singapore Airlines (118) and Malaysian Airlines (110). It will also give tough competition to its domestic rival Jet Airways. 

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