bmi makes no comment on Etihad reports


UK-based airline bmi has made no comment on reports that it has been approached by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, regarding a possible merger.

Privately-owned bmi is the second biggest airline at London’s Heathrow Airport after British Airways.

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The Sunday Times reported yesterday (14 September) that Etihad is believed to have held initial talks with bmi and its major shareholder Lufthansa about a possible deal which values bmi at GBP600m.

Etihad has also not commented, except to say that it had had “a number of discussions with a variety of carriers” but “no firm talks [were] planned”, the BBC reported.