EasyJet confirms Alitalia talks

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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.

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