The Alitalia board met this week to approve its 2008 budget and said it would look to raise about €750 million ($1.1 billion) over the next five months in order to maintain its cash in hand "at adequate operating levels" as speculation swirled in Italy about the effect that the fall of Prime Minister Romano Prodi's government will have on AZ's merger with Air France KLM. AZ said its cash in hand dropped 7.1% from the end of November to €367 million. To complicate matters, Air One ...

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