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Virgin Atlantic Interested in Combining With Lufthansa’s BMI

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. joined chief competitor British Airways in saying it’s interested in a deal with BMI, the U.K. carrier that Deutsche Lufthansa AG has indicated may be sold.

“We continue to have a close interest in a combination with BMI,” Virgin Atlantic said today in a statement, adding that it currently works with the carrier at London’s Heathrow airport, where the two are among top slot holders after British Airways.