Air Arabia has $336 mln overall exposure to Abraaj

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Air Arabia has an overall exposure of $336 million to Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj, which has filed for provisional liquidation, the airline said on Wednesday.

The carrier said in a statement emailed to Reuters that it had appointed a legal representative to protect its business.

Shares in Air Arabia, the only listed airline in the United Arab Emirates, plunged 7 percent this week because of the link between the airline and Abraaj.

Abraaj, the Middle East’s biggest private equity firm, filed a petition in the Cayman Islands last week asking the court to appoint provisional liquidators for the embattled company.

A court in the Cayman Islands this week ordered the appointment PwC as provisional liquidators of Abraaj Holdings and Deloitte as provisional liquidators of Abraaj Investment Management Ltd.

Air Arabia said this week it had appointed a team of experts who are “actively engaged with all stakeholders and creditors involved with the matter to ensure Air Arabia’s investment and
business interest is protected.”

The carrier said on Wednesday there was “no significant impact on Air Arabia’s daily or future business or on its liquidity status and that the business is operating as usual.”

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