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Virgin, Etihad May Partner to Manage Lufthansa’s BMI, FT Says

October 15, 2011

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad are in discussions about partnering if Virgin pursues a bid for Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s U.K.-based BMI unit, the Financial Times said.

Offers for BMI were required to be submitted this week, with Virgin bidding alone, the newspaper said, citing a person familiar with the situation. Etihad cannot pursue an offer alone because of foreign-ownership rules, the FT reported.

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