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Alitalia and KLM.

Alitalia and KLM announced the full integration of their passenger organizations in Dec. With appointment of more than 100 joint managers, the socalled KLM-Alitalia Passenger Venture integrates all of the carriers' 80 country organizations worldwide. KLM recently instituted a partial hiring freeze as part of cost-cutting efforts in the wake of a severe drop in profits.

Alitalia said both its first-quarter results and its alliance with KLM and Northwest could be in jeopardy if the Italian government fails to deliver on pledges to require protesting airlines to move Milan flights by the end of Jan. …

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