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The prospect of a new breed of "lite" operations in Europe's skies may be a long time in coming, if it happens. A number of national carriers are in a state of flux, not least Air France and Sabena, with inevitable repercussions for their daughter airlines. For example, the prospect of Swiss air's becoming a 49% shareholder in Sabena by taking Air France's stake, which the latter is loath to forsake, has stalled Sabena subsidiary Delta Air Transport's plans to take in some 18-plus desert-stored regional jets. Last month, Luxair rejected advances by Sabena to create a joint pool of aircraft and pilots in lower-cost Luxembourg and in turn, secure an equity stake in Sabena, saying that could jeopardize relations with 13% shareholder Lufthansa. …

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