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Air India seeks proposals to raise up to Rs 4,000 cr in debt

The carrier is looking at ECBs and bridge financing as possible means to raise debt

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State-run carrier has invited offers from banks to raise up to $800 million (approximately Rs 4,000 cr) via external commercial borrowing and bridge financing, two documents posted on the company's website showed.

A bridge financing of up to $500 million (approximately Rs 2,500 crore) will be used to fund its purchases of four Boeing Dreamliners, while the ailing national carrier plans to raise another $300 million (approximately Rs 1,500 crore) through overseas debt.

The documents, posted on Air India's website on Monday, showed that the will not be covered by the federal guarantee, but the aircrafts or other equivalent means can be used as security.

The government had last month extended a life line to Air India, which is on course to receive a $5.8 billion bailout by 2020. Its 19 lenders are also restructuring $4.2 billion in loans.

The airline was forced to cancel four international flights after about a 100 pilots called in "sick" late on Monday, in a move to mount pressure on the carrier on their demands for exclusivity in flying the Dreamliners.

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