KAL ready to bid for CSA
SEOUL, 7 March 2013: Korean Air confirmed, Tuesday, it had made an official bid of “several million dollars” for a 44% stake in troubled Czech Airlines (CSA), in what would be its first investment in another carrier.
The South Korean flag carrier said it would not be seeking managerial control of the state-run Czech airline.
“We submitted a bid for the stake last week. If successful, this will be our first investment in another airline,” a Korean Air spokesman told AFP.
The Czech government has set a March deadline for bids for the airline, which Ernst & Young auditors estimate to be worth 148 million koruna (5.8 million euros, US$7.5 million).
Qatar Airways, which had previously expressed interest in the CSA stake, would not take part in the bidding, the Czech broadsheet daily DNES said Monday on its website.
Czech Airlines, which has 26 planes in its fleet, posted a loss of 241 million koruna in 2011.
The offer is the second attempt to privatise the unprofitable carrier after the first fell through in 2009.
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