You are right in using the peanut and the Empire State building comparison. There is no question about that. However, I believe you are expressing your naivety here. Do you think that all these airlines have presented their bids for AI just so that they can "help" AI get back on its feet?
I'm really thrilled that innocence such as yours still exists in today's cruel and ruthless business world.
My friend, you do not know the potential these foreign airlines can SUDDENLY have once they are "awarded" AI. Yes, I use the word "awarded" because I believe and know that AI is the best "positioned" airline (to make huge amounts of profits) in the entire world today! Yes! I also believe that if managed appropriately, AI could have become the most profitable and modern (fleet) airline in the world today.
Do you know that airlines such as LH and others are "eating" away sectors like Chennai - Frankfurt - USA as if AI had its eyes closed. That is true! While foreign airlines have been increasing their services into India, AI has had to reduce its services due to lack of planes ("equipment"). Nobody would know how bad I am feeling about all this. As I mentioned earlier, AI is only operating on 2 of its 5 allowed US ports. That's just sad
So, just think about how other airlines can profit by gaining a major share in AI. The potential is unbelievable! Our (Indian) government's "incapable" civil aviation department and the AI management have just been deliberately "destroying" the airline through the years. And now, I seriously hope that this divestment plan is not just another ploy on behalf of the government to simply "cash in" on the 40% of the airline.
So, Singapore_Air, what will SQ get if they win AI? MONEY! Lots and lots of it.