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Jet Airways to raise funds for fleet expansion

Jet has ordered 75 Boeing 737 Max and is negotiating for additional 75 planes of the type

Aneesh Phadnis  |  Mumbai 

Jet Airways
Jet Airways

is looking to raise capital to fund its fleet induction and expansion plans.

Jet has ordered 75 737 Max and is negotiating for additional 75 planes of the same type. The airline had also ordered 787-9 planes but has deferred the induction.

Raising equity will help to arrange pre-delivery payments to Boeing, say sources familiar with the matter. "The will be for expansion," he added.

The airline appointed J P Morgan to help raise funds. Jet's management has been in talks with Delta for a stake sale. Simultaneously, its founder chairman Naresh Goyal is talking to Etihad too for capital infusion. Etihad holds 24 per cent stake in

did not respond to an email query on the topic.

An Economic Times report on Tuesday said major airlines like Lufthansa and Air France-KLM and private equity funds like KKR, Blackstone and TPG too have been approached for fund infusion. The report added that the airline will issue 24 per cent equity to the new investors and raise $ 200-250 million.

will also help pare debt. The airline has around Rs 9,000 crore debt of which Rs 2,800 crore is related to aircraft acquisition. Around $200 million (Rs 1,300 crore) of debt is due for repayment in the financial year (FY) 2017-18 and the airline hopes to use internal accruals for repayment.

"Our endeavour is clearly to generate cash from the business and repay that. As you have seen in the last two years, we have paid close to Rs 3,000 crores of debt generating out of cash flow from operations," the airline's acting Chief Executive Officer Amit Agarwal told analysts in a conference call post fourth-quarter results. 

Jet made a consolidated profit of Rs 438 crore in FY17 but this was due to non-operational items like gains from lease back of planes and from land development. Its annual interest spending in FY17 was around Rs 850 crore. "The airline would certainly want to cut debt and save interest cost," a sector expert said.

First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 17:05 IST