FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German flagship carrier Deutsche Lufthansa
"Should there be negotiations over mergers across continents in the future, we want to be at the table, but at eye level," CEO Christoph Franz told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview published on Sunday.
The chairman of Turkish Airlines
Speculation about plans for deepening ties between the two airlines was triggered this month when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he had agreed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to "joint management" of the companies.
The Lufthansa CEO said in the interview that it was too early to comment on Turkish Airlines.
Lufthansa last month said it would widen its cost-cutting drive to counter rising fuel prices and sluggish growth in its core market.
(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by David Cowell)