(If this is a duplicate post, apologies in advance.)
I know it sounds crazy, but look at the excerpts from this article I found on CNNfn IndustryWatch:
Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has held talks on the possible purchase of a stake in Irish airline Virgin Express Ireland, which provides budget services to Europe, Aeroflot told Interfax.
"Europe is a zone of special interest to Aeroflot and we want to acquire a stake in the Irish airline," an Aeroflot spokesman said.
Acquiring a stake in the Irish airline, and possibly a controlling stake, would allow Aeroflot to use Virgin Express to fly to European cities to which the Russian airline does not hold licences.
Source: BBC (monitoring former Soviet Union)
Full text at http://cnniw.yellowbrix.com/pages/cnniw/Story.nsp?story_id=17637503&ID=cnniw&scategory=Aviation.
Is this for real? I didn't realize that Aeroflot would have any capital for this sort of thing... does anyone think this would be even a remotely good match?