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Lufthansa CEO calls for ‘significant’ Alitalia cuts

 Lufthansa sees a need for significant restructuring at Alitalia before the German airline can make a deal to buy it, according to a letter from Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr to Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda. 

He said restructured NewAlitalia would be smaller in terms of both staff and its fleet. 

Alitalia, which has made a profit only a few times in its 70-year history, was put under special administration last year after staff rejected a plan to cut jobs and salaries.

Lufthansa, easyJet and US private equity fund Cerberus are among companies that have expressed an interest in Alitalia.

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