The name Neera Radia is doing the rounds as a potential investor, though who she will be investing on behalf of is still unclear. There is some reason to believe that it may be on behalf of Wadia's GO. The kind of money S2
expects makes sense only for a newcomer.
Another thing is that Air Sahara have not been issuing counter offers for ground staff leaving for other airlines at higher salaries, as they were doing in the past. Likewise, onboard, the "Bid-n-Win" has been discontinued w.e.f. 01st October'05 as that used to have a mid-term liability. And there is no tangible information at all about their London operations.
Boeing-737 fleets are not compatible by a long shot. S2
operates a fair number of 737-300s and 400s, which 9W
does not. Furthermore, S2
also operates 7 CRJ aircraft, which 9w does not.
But most of all, while 9W
has what can best be called "consistent modern interiors", S2
varies from aircraft to aircraft. Luck of the draw, one day on an ancient 737-400 and next day on a reasonably new 737-300 or 700.
Having said all that, and as an Air Sahara loyalist to some extent, this is a great airline from the point of view of how they look after passengers.