Alitalia’s route network plans show the Italian carrier being pulled into orbit around the fast-growing, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, following the closing of a long-awaited major investment deal. The deal between Etihad and Alitalia finally came to fruition in early August in a complex transaction worth €1.75 billion ($2.35 billion). Both sides said they planned a reinvigorated and profitable Alitalia, with particular attention being paid to developing long-haul routes. The ...

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