Vijay Mallya, chairman of UB Group that owns Kingfisher Airlines,
says that he is discussing acquiring a stake in the US-based manufacturer of private
business jets, Epic Aircraft, a subsidiary of Aircraft Investor Resources LLC
for about $200 million.
The business newspaper Mint today quoted
the liquor baron as saying, "I am in talks with Epic promoter," Mallya
told the paper.
The newspaper quotes an unnamed source close
to developments who said that Mallya recently met Epic''s CEO, Rick Schrameck and
a joint statement would be made later this month.
Airlines owns 26 per cent in Deccan Aviation Ltd, which operates discount Air
Deccan (See: UB
Group picks up 26 per cent in Air Deccan) and together the two own a 30-per
cent stake of the Indian aviation market. Last week Mallya was in the news over
the weekend for his acquisition of Dutch carmaker Spyker Ferrari''s Formula One
team for $106.6 million (See: Vijay Mallya
closes in on Spyker Ferrari deal) for his interest in bringing the Formula
One auto event to India and over the weekend
to Formula One''s Bernie Ecclestone he is teaming up with Mallaya to bring the
auto event to India. (See:
Formula One guru Bernie Ecclestone wants to put India on the circuit).