India said last week it would invite initial bids this month for a stake in the flag carrier. The cabinet approved the sale last year after successive governments poured billions of dollars into the indebted airline.
"India is a strategic market for Singapore Airlines. We have an open mind," David Lim, general manager for India, said in an interview when asked whether Singapore Airlines would bid.
He did not elaborate.
Several companies have expressed an interest in buying some of Air India's businesses, including low-cost domestic carrier IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, Tata Group and Turkey's Celebi Aviation Holdings.
India cleared a proposal in January to allow foreign investors to own up to 49 per cent of Air India, opening the way for global airlines to bid.
Lim said Singapore Airlines had already shown its commitment to the Indian market by setting up Vistara, a full-service domestic carrier it jointly owns with Tata Group.
He did not say whether Singapore Airlines would look at bidding for a stake in Air India alone or with Tata.
Air India has six subsidiaries - three of which are loss-making - with assets worth about $4.6 billion. It has an estimated $1.24 billion worth of real estate, including hotels.
The carrier's debt has ballooned to $8.5 billion and the government plans to transfer part of this into a separate unit before selling a stake in the carrier.
The government has injected $3.6 billion since 2012 to bail out Air India which was founded in the 1930s and is known to generations of Indians for its Maharajah mascot.
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