Qatar Airways has been wooing Indian airlines for a while now.
In the past, the state-owned, Doha-based airline tried to woo Kingfisher Airlines Ltd, before the Vijay Mallya-controlled carrier was grounded in 2012 owing to financial troubles, reports Mint.
Then, Qatar Airways tried flirting with GoAir, run by the Wadia Group’s Go Airlines (India) Ltd. That too went nowhere.
Then the rumours began. One rumour, in 2012, was that Qatar Airways was trying to woo SpiceJet Ltd, India’s second-largest low-cost airline. As is the fate with most such rumours, it died down. Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker denied any interest in any Indian airline in an interview in April 2014.
In May 2013, Qatar Airways’ Al Baker had said his airline is in talks with India’s largest airline by market share, IndiGo, run by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, for a code-sharing agreement. Such an agreement allows more than one airline firm to sell tickets on each others’ flights. IndiGo promptly denied any such talk.
In January this year, Qatar Airways said it was keen to buy equity in IndiGo if the Indian airline offers 49%.