In Frankfurt you don't want Alitalia with Delta. That is why Lufthansa now wants to become a minority owner of the Italian national airline.
The trio was actually set. Airport operator Atlantia and Delta Air Lines would take over under the direction of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane FS Alitalia. But negotiations on the final form of cooperation and the future strategy of the Italian national airline continue. The deadline also passed without results. Now November 21 is a date when everything has to be decided.
Lufthansa had always shown interest in Alitalia, but repeatedly set conditions, such as the majority share, no government involvement or massive reduction. It refused in Rome. For a few weeks, however, the German airline has been negotiating with those involved. It is feared in Frankfurt that northern Italian customers will exceed their strong competitors when Delta becomes a long-distance partner for Alitalia.
Fewer redundancies in Alitalia
That's why Lufthansa is now ready to become a minority shareholder in Alitalia, according to various Italian media reports. On Thursday (October 31
Requirements for entry have been reduced according to the report. Thus, the German company no longer requires a reduction of 6,000 jobs and a fleet of no more than 75 to 80 aircraft. At the same time, according to Corriere della Sera, based on three sources, Frankfurt is satisfied with 90 to 100 aircraft (today it is 116) and a reduction of 4,000 of the currently over 11,000 jobs. For the Italians, however, this is still too much.
The fleet is much smaller
In the layoffs, Lufthansa at least meets the pilot of the regional subsidiary Alitalia Cityliner. According to the report, the Germans are offering them a job with their Italian subsidiary Air Dolomiti. The fleet of 15 Embraer E175 should be completely dissolved, so plan. In addition, five old Airbus A321 and the only 777-300 ER will be relocated.
It is still unclear how Delta responds. Apparently, the Americans would now have increased their offer for the intended participation.