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Alitalia: two days to go before the binding offer expires

Italian Minister excludes extension, Lufthansa confirms its position

Two days to go before the deadline for submitting the binding offer for Alitalia expires and the consignment is still open as the industrial partner between Delta Airlines and Lufthansa has not yet been defined.

The American carrier has forwarded the letter where it confirms: its willingness to enter the capital of "Newco" with an investment of 100 million Euros, which corresponds to 10%; 102 aircraft compared to the 113 planned in the Alitalia fleet of which 23 long-haul jets instead of the 26 currently in the fleet and about 2500-2800 redundancies.

The "trans-Atlantic" issue is the node that keeps Atlantia hooked to Lufthansa's position. The German air company reaffirmed its participation only in the event that the former national carrier is restructured with about 6000 redundancies to be agreed with the unions (see AVIONEWS) and denied the rumors according to which it would have intended to carry out an investment of around 200 million Euros. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said: "Lufthansa, would have communicated to the Italian Government that for Alitalia it is more important than an eventual capital injection to find the right business partner than an investor. The Italian carrier is a brand that has the potential to become 'premium' again. This is why I am also surprised that the question of who invests us is so much more urgent for Italian politics".

On the sidelines of a hearing in the Parliamentary Supervisory Commission Rai, the Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli ruled out the possibility that there may be a further extension and said: "The times are tightened as the dossiers are tightened, there are good steps forward".

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