Well, that's Etihad CEO saying it:

To me the sexiest airline in Europe should be Alitalia

At USD 2.4bn for 49% of the company, he must be hoping for some sexy indeed.

Etihad continues its strategy to buy minority shares in various airlines, a way to gain access to markets and expand.

Though one can't help but think that Alitalia will really be hard to turn around.