August 31, 2017 / 10:02 AM / a year ago

BRIEF-Ryanair says will bid to operate 90 leased Alitalia planes

Aug 31 (Reuters) - Ryanair Holdings Plc Chief Executive Michael O’Leary

* says will bid for 90 Airbus jets from Alitalia; but thinks bid will be blocked by EU on competition grounds

* says the 90 Alitalia planes in question are leased and Ryanair would want the leases restructured

* says bid would be conditional on changes at Alitalia including redundancies and changes to labour contracts

* says would be willing to take on both long- and short-haul planes

* says under proposed deal most existing staff and would remain and operate under alitalia brand

* O’Leary speaking at a press conference in London Further company coverage: (Reporting by Emma Rumney and Conor Humphries)

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