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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad eyeing Virgin Atlantic

Etihad Airways expressed "top level interest" in the airline

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January 23, 2011 3:58 by



Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has expressed “top level interest” in Richard Branson’s British airline Virgin Atlantic, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Virgin Atlantic has previously said it received enquiries about tie-ups with rival carriers after it hired Deutsche Bank to assess the market.

The Sunday Times said the chief executive of Etihad had written to Deutsche to express his interest in the firm.

“We have no comment other than that we talk regularly and frequently to many airlines and a range of other businesses from all over the world about business issues and opportunities,” a spokeswoman for Etihad said.

A spokesman for Virgin was not immediately available to comment.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Will Waterman)



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