Airplanes. Air Malta-Alitalia-Etihad: a triangle that doesn't like to Abu Dhabi
Rome, Italy - The Emirate carrier denies its interest to the Maltese airline
"Regarding the articles published yesterday by the Maltese press Etihas Airways clarifies to have never started negotiations with the Maltese government for a potential acquisition of Air Malta": with this concise note the airline makes the rumors be quite after months that for time report on an interest by the airline of Abu Dhabi to the Maltese carrier. Theory that had found concreteness in the declarations diffused last June by the Alitalia's President (subsidiary for 49% by Etihad Airways) Montezemolo. "The due diligence has begun, there will be time, I think two months to take a decision on the potential entry with 49% in Air Malta", he had declared (see for details AVIONEWS). But Etihad had always kept quiet about the matter. Until a few hours ago for the precision, when to have put in discussion throught the pages of the "Malta Today" newspaper there were its supposed financial problem. And more exactly: "Etihad has its reconsiderations on the benefit to invest money in Air Malta, considering that the the carrier has its financial problem and the Maltese government is reluctant into realize a further reorganization in the previous period to the general election of 2018".
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