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Lufthansa makes a stand-alone bid for Italy’s ITA

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Lufthansa confirmed yesterday that it has submitted an offer to the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance to acquire ITA.

ITA is the ‘reborn’ Alitalia, although the airline is not currently operating on the scale of its predecessor. Having been through numerous bailouts, at huge cost to Italian taxpayers, it seems that the Government may be close to seeing the back of its problem child.

Lufthansa has proposed to purchase a minority stake in ITA in the short term – rumoured to be 40% – but with an option to acquire the remainder at a future date.

Lufthansa makes a stand-alone bid for Italy's ITA

If the offer made yesterday is accepted, the Government would enter into a period of exclusivity with Lufthansa Group to reach a binding agreement.

Lufthansa is now bidding alone, as its original partner – shipping group MSC – has backed out. An Air France-backed bid also seems to have faded away.

If Lufthansa succeeds in acquiring ITA, it is virtually certain that the airline with leave SkyTeam and join Star Alliance. The airline would join Lufthansa’s Miles & More loyalty scheme.

Anyone who got ITA elite status via a match from their British Airways Executive Club card in 2022 could soon find themselves with Star Alliance status.

You can read more on the Lufthansa website here.

Comments (47)

  • Lady London says:

    Didn’t Etihad try this and fail?

    Unless Lufthansa wants to somehow go into longhaul (to get round Easyjet, Ryanair and the excellent Trenitalia service on major domestic routes), or use the presence of Italian employees in the group to try to keep costs down elsewhere somehow, I don’t see why Lufthansa is even going near this.

    • Rhys says:

      Etihad took a minority stake in Alitalia.

      Lufthansa (eventually) wants the whole thing. ITA has basically been set up as a white-label airline for the Italian government to sell off to the private sector. LH can swoop in and implement all its efficiencies like it has at Austrian, Brussels Airlines etc etc.

  • Lady London says:

    Does it have a dowry from the Italian government going with it perhaps?

  • Genius1 says:

    I don’t think LH have F to DXB, so you can only do F on LX for this fare.

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