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To take on IndiGo, the Tatas have no option but to merge Vistara with Air India

Even combined, Air India, Air India Express and AirAsia India will be no match for IndiGo. But that changes the moment Vistara’s network is added to the Tata group airline mix.

June 15, 2022 / 02:58 PM IST
Both Vistara (flight cabin pictured) and Air India have publicly stated that a decision has not yet been taken on merging them but, at the same time, the Tata group has made it clear that it wants to be a dominant force in this sector

Both Vistara (flight cabin pictured) and Air India have publicly stated that a decision has not yet been taken on merging them but, at the same time, the Tata group has made it clear that it wants to be a dominant force in this sector

At 04.55 am, two aircraft pushed back simultaneously at Delhi Airport. One was an Air India Boeing 787 and another was an AirAsia India A320. Both were bound for Kochi. Thirty-five minutes later, a Vistara aircraft pushed back to fly on the same route. Clearly, Campbell Wilson, the new CEO of Air India, will have his task cut out. There is a scope for improvement just about everywhere, but it will have to start with schedule integration.

On the eve of Wilson starting his tenure, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the merger of AirAsia India with Air India, which paves the way for the merger of AirAsia India with AirIndia Express.

While the Tata group and Singapore Airlines have both said that Vistara and Air India will continue to operate separately, reports indicate that all the airlines will be housed under one roof in Gurugram. So, while Vistara might continue as is for a while, there will still be synergy among the various carriers.

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