Etihad Airways (EY) has declined to comment on media reports that it has approached the Irish government to buy a 25% stake in Aer Lingus (EI). EY would also not confirm if it is in talks with Virgin Atlantic (VS) about a partnership if VS buys British Midland (BD), as reported in the Financial Times. The Irish government announced in September it would sell its stake in EI as part of efforts to reduce public debt (ATW Daily News, Sept. 8). On Monday, the newspaper said EY had talks ...

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