Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan and his Alitalia counterpart, Gabriele Del Torchio, signed the deal on Friday after months of negotiations over proposed job cuts and other issues that sparked fierce opposition from Italian unions. Airline workers have staged wildcat strikes at Rome's main airport this week to protest the deal.
The deal adds one of Europe's most recognisable aviation brands to Etihad's growing collection of foreign investments. Etihad is owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates.

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