Tatas want to showcase a new experience through Air India
. After taking over
the airline from the Indian government, the Tata Group plans to focus on expanding international routes.
Earlier this month, Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said, "After deliberation with stakeholders and keeping in view the decline in COVID-19 caseload, we have decided to resume international travel from March 27."
Air bubble arrangements will also stand revoked thereafter, he said.
Another reason for Tatas' keenness to add capacity to the India-US sector could be that some flights on the route have been impacted by the Russia-Ukraine war, sources said. The Russia-Ukraine war has led to the suspension of some routes by foreign airlines such as United Airlines
While bidding for Air India, Tata Sons in November last year
was negotiating the waiver of a non-compete clause with its joint-venture partner firm, Singapore Airlines (SIA). SIA owns 49 percent stake in Vistara.
A source told CNBC-TV18 that SIA is open to considering the merger of synergies between Vistara and Air India. Refusing to comment on the matter, SIA told CNBC-TV18: "Singapore Airlines does not comment on any confidential discussions it may or may not be having."
Air India board on Monday appointed Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran as the chairman of the carrier
. The Tata Group is likely to finalise a candidate for Air India's chief executive officer's role soon. Tata Group's chairman and a five-member core committee will lead Air India operations until the CEO appointment is finalised, sources said.