- The Synergy Group had expressed a desire to buy the airlines, after which creditors demanded the auction start
- Gopichand Hinduja had said- We want to buy Jet Airways because of the condemnation of the airline’s liabilities
Britain’s Hinduja Group will take part in the auction to buy the discontinued Jet Airways. The brothers Gopichand Hinduja and Ashok Hinduja, who run the group, have started preparations. The deadline for participation in the auction is until January 15. Jet sources have recently confirmed this. Earlier, Synergy Group had expressed its desire to buy the airlines.
For the upcoming Invest in Karnataka, Hubballi event today along with Industrial Minister @JagadishShettar had discussions with
Shri Ashok Hinduja and
Shri Prakash Hinduja from Hinduja Group in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/iqBUTOGSwv
— Pralhad Joshi (@JoshiPralhad) December 23, 2019
The creditors then demanded a fresh auction to sell Jet Airways. State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank claimed Rs 8230 crore in arrears on Jet. Employees and other creditors had said that there was an outstanding of 6400 crore rupees on the airlines. Abu Dhabi’s Etihad held a 24 percent stake in it.
Hinduja Group initially wanted to buy the jet too
The Hinduja brothers had considered bidding for Jet Airways in partnership with Etihad earlier this year, but Etihad turned down the offer, after which Jet Airways went bankrupt. Gopichand Hinduja had told in an interview recently that because of the condemnation of the airline’s liabilities and its condition deteriorating, our group wishes to buy Jet Airways.
After Hinduja, other companies will also join the auction
According to sources, other companies along with Hinduja may also come forward to bid. The Hinduja Group may face complications related to the value of the jet to take part in the auction. This includes landing rights over Heathrow Airport and the validity of flight slots at many unnecessary locations.