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Air Berlin and EasyJet said to announce deal on Friday - reports

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BERLIN (Reuters) – The insolvent German carrier Air Berlin <AB1.DE> and EasyJet <EZJ.l> are expected to announce a deal on Friday for the purchase of up to 25 A320 aircraft, German media reported on Thursday. The British budget airline said in September it had bid for parts of Air Berlin’s short haul business. BZ and Bild, citing multiple people involved in the negotiations, reported an announcement would come Friday. Air Berlin and EasyJet declined to comment.

(Reporting by Klaus Lauer in Berlin and Alistair Smout in London; Writing by Tom Sims; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)
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