"I am confident ... that we will finish the
agreements in a few weeks," Del Torchio said in the Senate.
On Friday, Alitalia's board expressed appreciation for Etihad's
turnaround plan for the Rome-based carrier, which was kept
flying by a government-engineered 500 million euro rescue
package last year.
Del Torchio said on Monday that Etihad, which already has stakes
in Air Berlin and Aer Lingus was proposing to invest 560 million
euros in Alitalia.
Italy's government is keen to find a cash-rich partner for
Alitalia, but the process has been delayed by questions over how
to deal with the airline's debt, and wrangling over job cuts.($1
= 0.7345 Euros)
(Reporting by Alberto Sisto, writing by Isla Binnie)
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