Italian Economy Minister Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, who remains at his post despite the resignation of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, told Il Sole 24 Ore he is "firmly confident" that Alitalia's acquisition by Air France KLM "will conclude positively despite all these tensions," which include Air One's effort to submit its own binding offer through the courts (ATWOnline, Feb. 4) despite AZ's decision to negotiate exclusively with AF KLM. Air One was scheduled to have its hearing yesterday. ...

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