Delta Air Lines Inc. said it’s working with Air France-KLM as the Paris-based airline considers joining in the bidding for a stake in Italy’s state-owned carrier, Bloomberg reported. Italia Tranporto Aereo would be a welcome recruit to the North Atlantic alliance led by Delta, according to Ed Bastian, the U.S. carrier’s chief executive officer. “Air France-KLM is in the lead in terms of actually making a potential investment,” Bastian said in a briefing in London on Tuesday.
Electricite de France SA forecast a deeper hit to earnings from falling nuclear output and the French government’s cap on power prices for consumers, highlighting its vulnerability to Europe’s escalating energy crisis, Bloomberg reported. EDF had already warned it would be squeezed this year, with its French atomic output dropping to a three-decade low due to reactor works. The situation has been worsened by a government decision to force EDF to sell more power at a discount and to delay part of a tariff hike for customers.