Italian rail company Ferrovie dello Stato (FS)  appears to be in pole position to acquire bankrupt Alitalia and is in talks with a number of airlines that could partner with it to run the carrier if its bid is successful. Italian news agency ANSA, citing FS CEO Gianfranco Battisti, reported that UK-based LCC easyJet is among the airlines with which FS is having talks. Alitalia received two binding bids, including the FS bid, and one expression of interest by the Oct. 31 sale deadline, ...

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