The European Commission has contacted Hungarian authorities regarding the control and ownership of Malev Hungarian Airlines, the EC Directorate-General for Energy and Transport confirmed to ATWOnline.
The Commission is seeking reassurance that Malev still fulfills all conditions required to be an EU carrier. Doubts regarding its status follow its privatization last spring. The Hungarian government sold a 99.95% stake in the airline to AirBridge, a Hungarian company affiliated with Russian carrier KrasAir (ATWOnline, June 8).
According to the press release issued by the legal firm that advised on the Malev sale, "AirBridge is a holding company member of the Russian AiRUnion-Krasair Group which is considered to be the second largest Russian airline alliance after Aeroflot." AiRUnion combines KrasAir, Domodedovo Airlines, Omskavia, Samara Airlines and Sibaviatrans (ATWOnline, May 4). The Hungarian press commonly describes Malev as a Russian-controlled or Russian-owned carrier.
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Interesting. We'll see what the future holds for MA.