Etihad, Jet Airways close strategic tie-up deal
Abu Dhabi, November 20, 2013
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE and Jet Airways have announced that the airlines closed the transaction for the subscription of a 24 per cent equity stake by Etihad Airways in the Indian airline.
All requisite Indian regulatory approvals had been obtained by November 12.
Jet Airways has, on November 20, issued and allotted 27,263,372 equity shares of a face value of INR10 ($0.16) each at a price of INR 754.7361607 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 INR 10 each. Following this issue and allotment of the said equity shares on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways holds 24 per cent 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 November 20.
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.”
Goyal also stressed that together with Etihad Airways, Jet Airways would enhance connectivity for tourists, business travellers, Indian families and the wider travelling public.
Hogan, president and chief executive officer 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.”
Goyal and 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. – TradeArabia News Service