India approves Tata SIA board appointments

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The Indian government has approved the appointment of three board members for proposed carrier Tata SIA Airlines.

The Singapore Airlines-Tata Sons joint venture carrier has confirmed that chairman Prashad Menon, Mukund Rajan and Mak Swee Wah have received security clearances to take up their board positions.

Menon and Rajan are senior executives within the Tata group, while Mak is the executive vice president commercial at SIA.

A spokesman for Tata SIA adds that the airline has also appointed S Varadarajan as its head of human resources, and expects to soon appoint a chief financial officer.

He could not say who would be appointed as the chief executive officer, but reports from India indicate that SIA executive Yeoh Phee Taik is expected to take the post. Yeoh is heading the project team that has been working to gain the necessary approvals for the airline.

New Delhi-based Tata SIA was incorporated in December last year and planning to launch services in July. The full-service carrier will start with a fleet of Airbus A320s, and has lease agreements in place for 20 aircraft.

SIA holds a 49% stake in Tata SIA, with the remainder held by Tata Sons.