Qatar Airways CEO is Akbar Al Baker is expecting to conclude a deal to acquire 49% of Italian carrier Meridiana Fly by January 2017. Talks toward the deal have been going on for months. The partners signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in early February, which led to an agreement signed July 14 at the Farnborough Airshow. After several delays, the deal was expected to close by October. “We are hoping to have our discussions concluded by the end of January. During this period ...

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