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Italy's railways company in talks with Delta and EasyJet to save Alitalia

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Italy's railways company in talks with Delta and EasyJet to save Alitalia
Could EasyJet and Delta help rescue Alitalia? Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
08:47 CET+01:00
Italy's Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) said on Wednesday it was in talks with Delta Air Lines and EasyJet over a rescue of troubled airline Alitalia.

"In light of the confirmation of interest received from Delta Air Lines and EasyJet in being industrial partners of FS Italiane in the Alitalia deal," the state railways company "has decided to start a negotiation," it said in a statement.

Ferrovie dello Stato is taking the lead in attempts to save the troubled national carrier. Atlanta-based Delta and EasyJet, Britain's biggest low-cost airline, are mulling whether to jointly buy up to 40 percent of Alitalia, according to sources cited by Bloomberg.

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Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

The Italian government said on Wednesday it was willing to "participate in the establishment of the New Alitalia", as long as the business plan is "sustainable... and in compliance with European legislation".

German airline Lufthansa had expressed interest in Alitalia as well, but in October Lufthansa ruled out any deal that involved the Italian state.

Alitalia, which employs more than 11,000 people, has struggled to compete with low-cost European rivals and has been placed in administration.


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