The competition for an alliance foothold in India may have started in earnest yesterday with reports that Air France extended an invitation to Indian Airlines to join SkyTeam. According to The Hindu Business Line, AF President and COO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon met with Indian Chairman and MD Vishwapati Trivedi Saturday and tendered the invitation. Indian said its pending merger with Air India (ATWOnline, Jan. 18) and its ongoing IOSA audit would prevent an immediate decision, The Hindu said. If ...

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