India's commerce minister Anand Sharma will meet with a delegation from Etihad Airways, local media reports say, amid growing talk of an equity tie-up between the Abu Dhabi carrier and Jet Airways.
Sharma was quoted by Indian media as saying that a team from Etihad will be meeting him on 31 January, although he did not detail the agenda for the meeting.
A large part of the meeting is expected to focus on Etihad's plans to take a stake in privately-owned carrier Jet Airways.
Jet and Etihad have been in discussions for several months now over an equity alliance, with some sources claiming that the Abu Dhabi carrier may announce plans to take a 24% stake in Jet as early as this week.
Jet Airways did not respond to a request for comment.
Etihad has maintained that it is interested in the Indian market, after India reformed foreign direct investment regulations to allow foreign carriers to own up to 49% of a domestic carrier. The carrier has declined, however, to comment on its negotiations with Indian carriers.
Etihad had been in discussions with grounded carrier Kingfisher Airlines, but it is understood to have walked away from Kingfisher in favour of continuing discussions with Jet.