Indian govt wants 2.2 bln usd order for 43 Airbus planes re-examined -minister
The Indian Airlines board has already cleared the acquisition of 20 Airbus A-319s, 19 A-321s and four A-320s, but the finance ministry is not satisfied the price is the best possible and has blocked the deal.
Patel said he now wants a committee of experts to be appointed by India's prime minister to re-examine the issue.
The minister said the move is to ensure "absolute transparency" in the negotiation of prices.
Singh is scheduled to visit the United States from July 18 to 20.
The proposal to buy the 43 Airbus aircraft has been under discussion for the past two years, as it requires clearance from several layers of the government due to the size of the order.
Delays were compounded when the Congress-led government, which came to power in May last year, asked Indian Airlines to start the process afresh.