The answer to that will mostly hinge on how Air India's sale is packaged by the government
That the government will try and sell Air India in 2018 is, more or less, a foregone conclusion. Whether it will be able to remains the question. And the answer to that will mostly hinge on how the sale of India’s beleaguered state-run airline is packaged: whether, and how much, the bad pieces of Air India are saddled with its good pieces. This first real attempt to fix Air India for good will be watched as much for its commercial implications as for the ability of the Indian government to push through its most ambitious divestment ever.