British budget carrier EasyJet confirmed that it is in
discussions with Delta and Italian state-owned rail company Ferrovie dello Stato
about forming a consortium to run insolvent Alitalia.
"There is no certainty at this stage that any
transaction will proceed, and EasyJet will provide a further update in due
course, if and when appropriate," EasyJet said in a regulatory filing.
The statement confirms a report by Italian newspaper
Corriere della Sera earlier this week. In November, Ferrovie dello Stato
offered to purchase Alitalia if it secures an airline partner.