In compliance with Article 82 of Spanish Securities Market Law 24/1988, Société Air France, Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España S.A. and Deutsche Lufthansa AG hereby notify the Spanish Securities Market Commission of the following.
Société Air France, Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España S.A. and Deutsche Lufthansa AG with BC Partners and Cinven through the Luxemboug company Amadelux Investment, announce that on February 10, 2005 the funds BC Partner and Cinven have filed with the European Commission the Form CO provided for in Council Regulation (EC) Nº 139/2004, dated 20 January 2004, seeking authorisation for the Public offer that they intend to launch on the Amadeus class A shares at 7,35 euros per share. The notification to the European Commission has been made on the merits of the expected framework of the transaction, whose details the Airlines, BC Partners and Cinven continue negotiating. An announcement will be made when there are any developments in this regard.
The merger control procedure before the European Commission generally takes twenty-five (25) business days in phase 1.
It is expected that Amadelux will notify the transaction to the United States Federal Trade Commission and the United States Department of Justice (collectively the "United States of America Antitrust Authorities") pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended on or about 16 February 2005. Amadeus will also notify the transaction to the United States of America Antitrust Authorities; it is expected that Amadeus will file such notification on the day Amadelux files its notification or within 15 calendar days thereafter.
The Airlines will also announce any decision that may be adopted by the European Commission under the merger control regime and by the United States of America Antitrust Authorities.