pune wrote:The friends at high/right places does no good.
It distorts the market. Others eager to invest will back out not knowing whether they will be successful.
Having said that I like the SpiceJet's wet lease international model. I suggested this scheme few years back a.net
ATF - Foreign operator - No customs/excise duty/VAT
MX/MRO - Foreign operator - No customs/excise duty/VAT
Catering - Foreign operator - No taxes in India, cheaper to uplift food from India than Europe, return catering makes it even better.
Fligh/Cabin Crew - Foreign operator - No DGCA FDTL rules, no union complaints/ASRs. Europe has some of the sloppiest duty rules which can be fully milked.
Optional - Cabin Crew - SpiceJet (Damp lease) - Cheaper labor costs
Anyway you slice it, this is the best way to run international ops from India.