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Modi Considers Excluding $7 Billion of Air India Debt to Lure Buyers

  • India said to gauge investor interest in airline next month
  • India may raise 100 billion rupees selling Air India’s assets
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India is considering a plan to exclude more than half of Air India Ltd.’s $11 billion of debt in the government’s latest attempt to lure investors to the struggling carrier, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration plans to ask proposed investors to take over 300 billion rupees of the airline’s debt, which are backed by the carrier’s aircraft, the people said, asking not to be identified, citing private information. The government may call for the so-called expression of interest as early as Dec. 15, the people said.