European stock-index futures were little changed, after equities yesterday rose the most in seven weeks, as data signaled a fourth month of contraction in Chinese manufacturing. U.S. index futures and Asian shares were also little changed.
Alitalia SpA, the unprofitable Italian carrier in talks with Etihad Airways PJSC, said business improved at the start of the year as negotiations continue with the United Arab Emirates airline for an alliance.
Airbus Group NV lost an order from Alitalia SpA last month for 12 A350-800s, the smallest variant of its new wide-body jetliner, as the Italian carrier awaits a possible financial lifeline from Etihad Airways PJSC.
Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he’s pursuing acquisitions after reviving an investment strategy that saw the company offered stakes in carriers including Italy’s Alitalia SpA.