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the late JRD Tata launched Air India before the Independence.
Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group, once pioneers in civil aviation, had indicated in an interview to PTI days before he retired as chairman last year that the conglomerate was unlikely to enter into the sector because of "destructive competition".
The Bombay House could not be contacted immediately for a reaction on the AirAsia announcement.
The Tata Group holds nearly 6 per cent equity in SpiceJet, but has maintained that it was only a financial investor in the budget carrier.
Telestra Tradeplace is an investment holding company of Arun Bhatia and one of its group companies is Hindustan Aerosystems Pvt Ltd which manufactures and supplies precision components for the aerospace industry.
Bhatia's son Amit serves on the Board of Directors at Queens Park Rangers Football Club in the UK alongside Tony Fernandes, the founder of AirAsia.
Amit is married to Vanisha Mittal, the only daughter of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, according to the Wikipedia.
Within 11 years of its existence, AirAsia has become the largest no-frill carrier in Asia with 118 aircraft, and over 350 on order.