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Little elbow room for premium airlines in budget-conscious India

Stiff competition in all sectors will result in fewer airlines in country, say analysts

Flag carrier advantage: Air India is the most unprofitable carrier, but is also the one most likely to survive the battle for passengers because of government support. It received a US$5.8b bailout in 2012 and halved its operating losses for FY2013-14 to 21.2b rupees. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[NEW DELHI] A decade after low-cost carriers (LCCs) led India's air travel boom, full-service airlines are gearing up for a battle for premium passengers that only the deep-pocketed are likely to win. Flag carrier Air India, which has offered only premium travel, will face more competition from