Seeking a smooth ride

Air India recently became the first Indian carrier to hedge its fuel price risk, through a swap on 10,000 barrels of jet fuel. Rahul Jhaveri talks to the company secretary


Against the backdrop of soaring fuel prices and a major fleet expansion, Air India recently started to hedge its jet fuel exposure in the international market. The initial deal saw India's number-one airline hedge 10,000 barrels of fuel through a swap conducted with Citigroup as counterparty and Ernst & Young as risk management consultant.

India's air travel industry has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. In December 2005, 7.24 million passengers - domestic and international - came through

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