The German Lufthansa will purchase 40% of the shares of the successor of Alitalia, ITA – paper

MILAN, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) will acquire 40% of Alitalia’s state successor, ITA Airways, and a deal could be unveiled next 7 days, Italian newspaper Il Foglio claimed Saturday.

ITA Airways began flying on Oct 15 with nearly 2,300 workforce and a fleet significantly less than 50 percent that operated by Alitalia, the 75-calendar year-aged former nationwide carrier that has absent as a result of a dizzying succession of renovations and ownership adjustments.

The newspaper did not give a value for any deal, but mentioned the two firms are very shut to an arrangement on some vital terms, these as the job of Rome’s Fiumicino airport as a hub for immediate flights to Africa and some routes to the Americas.

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An ITA spokesperson reported Saturday that the airline’s leading administration will existing a strategic plan to the airline’s board of administrators on Jan.31. A data room will be open up in the adhering to times, he additional, letting a likely bidder or husband or wife to have accessibility to important monetary paperwork to evaluate the firm’s value.

Lufthansa declined to remark.

The report comes just after resources told Reuters on Jan.12 that ITA was in get in touch with with US-primarily based Lufthansa, British Airways (ICAG.L) and Delta Air Strains (DAL.N) for an equity partnership, declaring they could begin official talks by the stop of March.

A Lufthansa spokesperson reported at the time that the German provider was open to the possibility of a partnership with ITA.

Delta denied possessing prepared to make investments in ITA.

The German govt now retains 14% of Lufthansa shares subsequent a bailout at the top of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and aims to market its stake by Oct 2023 at the most recent.

The team was saved from personal bankruptcy by Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium with 9 billion euros (10.21 billion pounds) of money help authorized by the European Commission.

A spokesman for the German Ministry of Financial system declined to remark on the Italian newspaper’s report.

An agreement with ITA would be matter to competitiveness acceptance from the European Union, Il Foglio mentioned.

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Reportage by Gianluca Semeraro Extra stories by Michael Nienaber and Ilona Wissenbach in Frankfurt editing by Louise Heavens and Clelia Oziel

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