According to a report by Reuters, Lufthansa envisions a need for a significant restructuring at Alitalia before it will entertain a bid for the ailing flag carrier of Italy.
According to Reuters, Lufthansa’s CEO Carsten Spohr stated in a letter to Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda that a “New Alitalia” would be much smaller in size as relating to staff and its fleet if the Lufthansa Group took control of the airline.
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The Italian government and Alitalia have not commented on the report.
Copyright Photo: Alitalia (2nd) (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) Airbus A321-112 EI-IXI (msn 494) (1960 logojet) LHR (SPA). Image: 924757.
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Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today (January 13, 2018) issued this following statement:
The Air France-KLM group would like to confirm that it has taken no part in the process launched by the Italian authorities to take over Alitalia.
As such, the group has not had access to any confidential information.
Air France-KLM denies having made an offer to take over Alitalia.
Photo: Air France-KLM.
Alitalia is planning to add two new routes from Palermo starting on June 1, 2018 according to Airline Route. The carrier will add daily Airbus A319 domestic service from Palermo to both Bologna and Venice.
The carrier is also adding seasonal weekly service from Milan (Linate) to Stockholm (Arlanda) on May 12, 2018.
Copyright Photo: Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A319-112 EI-IML (msn 2127) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935812.
The Lufthansa Group submitted an offer letter on October 17, 2017, expressing its interest in establishing a “NewAlitalia”. Lufthansa has opted not to make an offer for the complete Airline but has stated interest in only parts of the Global network traffic and European and domestic point-to-point business.
The offer includes a concept for a newly structured Alitalia with a focused business model (“NewAlitalia”), which could develop long-term economic prospects.
The responsible commissioners have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the details of the offer.
Copyright Photo: Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Boeing 777-3Q8 ER EI-WLA (msn 35783) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 939460.