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Air Sahara takes off on its own

Sahara resumed charge after expiry of deadline for transaction of its takeover by Jet Airways. Anatomy of a 'doomed' deal

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 14:56 IST

After the much-touted takeover of Air Sahara by the country's largest private airline Jet Airways collapsed on Wednesday night, the Sahara Group resumed charge of Air Sahara and started normal opertions from Thursday.

"I see energy and enthusiasm in people behind the counters... Absolutely new freshness in them... If at all I see something, I am seeing something positive," Air Sahara President Alok Sharma told reporters at Delhi airport in New Delhi.

The airline would give passengers very good service, he said, adding, "they (Air Sahara employees) are looking after passengers very well."

About Jet describing Air Sahara as a loss-making enterprise, Sharma said the numbers being quoted were far from truth.

"Had the clearance come in, the numbers would not have gone bad," he said, taking a dig at Jet officials.

"Many of the things going around are figment of imagination," he added.

Sahara Group took over operations after Jet Airways' Rs 2,300 crore bid to acquire Air Sahara collapsed on Wednesday, more than five months after the biggest deal in Indian civil aviation sector was announced.

Sharma had told reporters on Wednesday night that if there was no response from Jet Airways, Sahara group would take back control of Air Sahara operations.

"Wish us luck, Air Sahara is on its own from tomorrow," Sharma had said on Wednesday.