Air France KLM Group improved its fiscal first-half profit to €618 million ($809 million), up 50.7% from €410 million in the year-ago semester, results Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta attributed to the "unique competitive position" of the merged airline company. Meanwhile, both Air France KLM and Alitalia acknowledged a possible merger but insisted talks are still at a preliminary stage despite months of speculation. "Exploratory exchanges are underway," Alitalia said in a ...

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