Etihad says meeting with Alitalia's banks over stake

SINGAPORE Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:15pm EST

An engineer walks near an Etihad Airways aircraft at Abu Dhabi International Airport, September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ben Job

An engineer walks near an Etihad Airways aircraft at Abu Dhabi International Airport, September 19, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Ben Job

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Etihad Airways is holding talks with Alitalia's banks in Rome this week about buying a stake in the troubled Italian carrier, the chief executive of the Abu-Dhabhi based airline said.

James Hogan told a media briefing at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday that he could not say whether a deal would be completed or not, saying only they are still in the due diligence process.

Sources close to the matter say a deal could involve Etihad buying a 40 percent stake for as much as 300 million euros ($409 million).

(Reporting by Anshuman Daga; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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