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AVIATION UPDATE - DECCAN TO INVEST IN AIRCRAFTS
Deccan to invest $240 m for aircraft purchase
Times of India
October 5, 2004
Air Deccan, India and the region's fastest growing airline has initiated talks with small aircraft makers Bombardier and ATR to buy fifteen 50-70 seater planes for around $240 million, airline MD GR Gopinath said.
These will be inducted through a mix of leasing and outright purchase. “We have decided to take only brand new aircraft as part of the fleet expansion strategy... The final aircraft supplier will be decided shortly,” Gopinath said.
The ATR aircraft shortlisted for the deal come with a list price ranging from $14 million to $16 million per plane, while the Bombardier jets are priced at around $18-19 million per aircraft.
The intention, he said, is to have a fleet of 17 aircraft by end-March 2005, and include 5 Airbus aircraft. Fleet enhancement will be partly funded by proceeds of private placement. Deccan expects to raise $60 m by selling up to 25% stake to FIIs. “We’ve appointed Rothschild to manage private placement. We’re in final stages and expect to close the deal soon,” Gopinath said. TNN
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