New Delhi: Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India is examining the over Rs 2,000-crore deal between leading carrier Jet Airways and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has received an application seeking approval for the proposed Jet-Etihad transaction.

"We are looking into the deal," a senior CCI official said.

Forging a strategic alliance, Jet Airways has decided to sell 24 percent stake to Etihad Airways for about Rs 2,058 crore. The deal would mark the first investment by a foreign carrier in an Indian airline since the change in FDI policy.

Most of the merger and acquisition deals require approval from the Commission, which keeps a tab on anti-competitive practices in the market place.

Under the proposed deal, Jet Airways would offload 27.26 million shares in a preferential offer to Etihad at Rs 754.74 a piece.

"The value of this equity investment is USD 379 million (about Rs 2,058 crore) and will result in Etihad Airways holding 24 percent of the enlarged share capital of Jet Airways," the two airlines had said in April.

The alliance is also expected to bring additional traffic, frequencies and revenues to metro airports, as well as several non-metro airports of Airports Authority of India.


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