ABU DHABI, June 25 Abu Dhabi's state-owned
Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that it had agreed principal
terms and conditions to buy a 49 percent equity stake in Italy's
The two airlines will now finalise the deal as soon as
possible, subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad added in a
brief statement. It did not elaborate on the terms of the deal.
The board of troubled Alitalia voted on June 13 to accept an
offer by Etihad to invest in the company, but did not give
details. Italy's transport minister has said Etihad is prepared
to invest up to 1.25 billion euros ($1.70 billion) over the next
(Reporting by Stanley Carvalho, Writing by Andrew Torchia.
Editing by Jane Merriman)