Meridiana confirmed that it entered negotiations with Alitalia regarding a possible partnership (Dow Jones, 13-Feb-2011). Local media reports indicated that Alitalia is interested in the carrier as a defensive measure against its acquisition by Lufthansa.
Meridiana: "The company's future lies with national and international partnerships … At this stage, no partnership agreement exists and no decision has been taken." Company statement. Source: Dow Jones, 13-Feb-2011.