Air France KLM's pending acquisition of a major stake in Alitalia means that the consolidation of Europe's airline sector is entering its endgame (with the caveat that one must be careful about making assumptions concerning anything involving Alitalia). Those airlines remaining on the outside will find it extremely difficult to stay independent, should they desire to do so, as the competitive muscle of the major groupsAF-KLM-AZ, Lufthansa-Swiss-Austrian and to a lesser extent British ...

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