Don't know if this has been posted before, but here it goes. Seems like Hans Rudolf Wöhrl, majority stake owner of LT, is considering a merger of LT with with DE. He said that he would like to see his company merge with rival DE, which is currently majority owned by the KarstadtQuelle Group. The negotiations between him and KarstadtQuelle have already made progress. If a merger was to happen, the new combined aircraft would become the second biggest German airline, behind LH.
Full article (German only): http://www.focus.de/finanzen/news/luftverkehr_nid_45584.html
I seriously wonder what the benefits of a merger between DE and LT would be. LT is cash strapped as it is and if I recall correctly, DE isn't in a good financial situation either. So what's the point?
EDIT: Added some background information and clarification.
[Edited 2007-03-02 08:04:58]