(Adds response from Delta)
LONDON Feb 20 Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA),
Europe's largest airline by revenue, and Atlanta-based Delta
Air Lines (DAL.N) are working together to examine a bid for
Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL], the Sunday Times reported, citing no
The consortium is trying to tempt Virgin into joining the
Skyteam alliance and has hired Goldman Sachs as an adviser, the
Virgin Atlantic responded with a statement that said:
"Virgin Atlantic is a strong, independent business with a good
growth position at both London Heathrow and Gatwick so we are
not surprised that there is interest in us."
The company added that it could not comment any further at
Virgin founder Richard Branson retained a 51 percent stake
in the airline, while Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) holds the
"As a matter of policy, we do not comment on industry
rumors or speculation about potential airline partnership,"
said Olivia Cullis, a spokeswoman for Delta.
Air France-KLM was unavailable for comment.
(Reporting by Julie Crust, Rhys Jones, Karen Jacobs, and
Tim Hepher; editing by Sophie Walker and Diane Craft)