easyJet in talks with Ferrovie, Delta to form consortium to explore options for Alitalia

easyJet in talks with Ferrovie, Delta to form consortium to explore options for Alitalia
FILE PHOTO: A Easy Jet Airbus A320 plane lands at the Nantes-Atlantique airport in Bouguenais near Nantes, France, February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe -
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(Reuters) - easyJet Plc said on Wednesday it is in talks with Italy's state-controlled railways Ferrovie and Delta Air Lines Inc about forming a consortium to explore options for the future operations of ailing Italian carrier Alitalia.

Alitalia was put under special administration in 2017.

"Following submission of easyJet's non-binding expression of interest in a restructured Alitalia in October 2018, easyJet confirms that it is in discussions with Ferrovie and Delta Air Lines about forming a consortium to explore options for the future operations of Alitalia," easyJet said in a statement.

It was not certain whether a transaction will materialize, easyJet said.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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