Doha-based Qatar Airways has reached an agreement to take a 49% stake in Italian carrier Meridiana. Talks toward the deal have been going on for months. The partners signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on “a potential partnership project” in early February, which culminated in an agreement signed July 14 at the Farnborough Airshow. “Qatar Airways announced today that it has signed a contribution and shareholders’ agreement with Alisarda, the parent company of ...

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