Alitalia announced yesterday that it received a "telephone communication" from "an unspecified group of entrepreneurs" interested in purchasing the government's 49.9% stake in the Italian carrier. AZ said the group requested a meeting in late August or early September, without elaborating, but said it issued the statement in response to a press release from attorney Antonio Baldassarre, who represents the consortium (ATWOnline, Aug. 14). Baldassarre is a former chairman of Italy's ...

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