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About Air Italy

From 01 March 2018, Meridiana has been re-branded as Air Italy. Starting from May 2018, AIR ITALY will add new domestic routes from Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme scheduled for connection to its newest long-range destinations including New York, Miami and Bangkok (starting in September 2018). Its network will also encompass direct international flights from Milan Malpensa to Accra, Cairo, Dakar, Havana, Lagos, Mombasa, Moscow, Zanzibar and, from its Olbia Costa Smeralda hub, as well as year-round scheduled services to Rome, Milan Linate and seasonal ones to a wide range of domestic and regional destinations.
 

AIR ITALY’s fleet, currently comprising 8 Boeing 737 NG and 3 Boeing 767-300, will be progressively renewed with 8 new aircraft 3 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 5 Airbus A330-200 joining during 2018 and with the full retirement  of the B767-300 by the end of 2018.
 

 


 

About Air Italy and Meridiana

Air Italy was a fully integrated subsidiary of Meridiana and operates domestic and international services using the Meridiana brand. The airline was established in 2005 and operated leisure flights to Africa, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean.

 

Most of Air Italy's independent flights left from either Naples Airport, Turin Airport, Verona Airport or Milan Milpensa Airport. The Air Italy fleet consisted of B737-300s, B737-700s, B737-800s, B767-200ER and B767-300s. 

 

It is now a fully integrated subsidiary of Meridiana and operates domestic and international services using the Meridiana brand.


 

News

15th May 2018

Qatar Airways uses Air Italy to expand presence in the US

You can already book Qatar Airways flights to serveral US destinations. There's a lot of ternsion between the airline and its american competitors, such as United, and American Airlines. Now, however, it appears Qatar has found a new, more subtle way to expand its presence in the United States and around the world via its 49 percent stake in upstart Air Italy. Air Italy is a new airline set to compete with Alitalia. All of the new aircraft in Air Italy’s fleet will be used to grow the carrier’s route network, which will include flights from Milan, Italy to New York City and Miami. 

 

2nd May 2018

Air Italy paves the way for Europe's national airline branding

Is national pride behind the rebrand of Air Italy? The sardinian airline, formally Meridiana, changed its name earlier this year to reflect the country it represents. Well, what's in a name? Does national pride is still appeal to the aviation industry? In Air Italy's case, it seems so. The airline and its minority shareholder, Qatar Airways,  sensed an opportunity to fill the 'flag carrier' brand gap expected to open up upon the probably ceasinf of Alitalia. Alitalia has continued to operate in administration for longer than originally expected, but that does not change the point that a national brand is still perceived to have value in Italy. 

 

The Italian airline isn't the only one to go down this path in Europe. Air Belgium is a new long haul operator planning to launch from Brussels Charleroi, while other nationally branded start-ups include Air Albania, Blue Slovakia, FlyBosnia, Air Andorra and Italian Airways (founded by a former Meridiana/Air Italy CEO).

 

 

18th April 2018

Qatar Airways and Air Italy announce codeshare

Qatar Airways has entered into a new codeshare agreement with Air Italy, starting April 24. The new agreement provides codeshares on Air Italy’s routes between Milan-Malpensa Airport and six domestic cities across Italy, including Catania (CTA), Rome (FCO), Naples (NAP), Olbia (OLB), Palermo (PMO) and Calabria (SUF). The agreement also consists of Air Italy’s route between Rome Fiumicino Airport and Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB).

Qatar Airways first began flying to Italy in 2002 with a service from Doha to Milan. A year later, the airline launched direct service to Rome. In 2011, the airline started operating to Venice, and in 2016, Qatar Airways started a daily service to Pisa.

Since adding its fourth Italian destination, Qatar Airways has been operating 42 weekly flights from its home and hub in Doha, Hamad International Airport, to Italy. From April 24, Air Italy will also offer codeshare flights on all of Qatar Airways’ Italy to Doha services along with two further routes on the Qatar Airways network to Singapore and Male.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are pleased to be announcing this codeshare with the newly-launched Air Italy. The new agreement will provide seamless connectivity for Qatar Airways passengers arriving at our Italian gateways, onto further domestic destinations, enabling them to explore this beautiful country.

This codeshare between Qatar Airways and Air Italy demonstrates the strengthening ties between Italy and Qatar; two countries that share many economic affiliations.”

In 2017, Qatar Airways acquired 49 per cent of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Air Italy. Italy’s long established privately owned airline was previously known as Meridiana, however, in February this year, the airline announced a new phase of growth and development, starting with its brand new  identity and livery as Air Italy. The new airline aims to acquire 50 aircraft by 2022, and has already committed to receiving 20 brand new Boeing 737-Max aircraft type, starting this month.

Qatar Airways Cargo currently offers global customers belly-hold cargo capacity to and from the Italian cities of Milan, Rome, Venice and Pisa. The cargo carrier also operates five Boeing 777 freighters and two Airbus A330 freighters each week to the fashion capital, Milan, taking its combined cargo capacity to Italy to more than 1,100 tonnes each week.

Additionally, the twice weekly Boeing 777 freighter service on the Milan-Chicago-Milan route affirms Qatar’s rising position in the USA and Europe, providing high quality and reliable airfreight service between two key trading partners with 200 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity each way.

 

1st March 2018 

AIR ITALY launches!

Italian leisure carrier Meridiana has been officially relaunched as Air Italy, less than two weeks after the new name was announced. The name Air Italy was already within the airline’s portfolio of brands, as the title of a charter operator that Sardinia-based Meridiana acquired in 2011. The former Air Italy was incorporated into Meridiana and acted as a capacity provider for the latter company.  However, Air Italy has now become the name for the entire group. 

 

22nd February 2018 

AIR ITALY  set to take on Alitalia

Rebranded Italian airline Meridiana hopes to operate a fleet of 50 aircraft and carry 10 million passengers by 2022 after relaunching as Air Italy with the backing of Gulf carrier Qatar. The move is a direct challenge to troubled Italian flag carrier Alitalia as it continues to struggle through bankruptcy proceedings. Alitalia entered special administration last year after Qatar rival and 49 percent shareholder Etihad withdrew its support and the Italian government has indicated there will be no resolution before elections on March 4. Qatar has taken a 49 percent stake in the new parent company of Air Italy with the previous sole shareholder, Alisarda, holding the other 51 percent.

 

20th February 2018 

AIR ITALY  is Europe's newest airline!

The rebrand of Meridiana to Air Italy is set to supply passengers cheaper flights from the U.S. to Italy as soon as this summer. The Italian airline Meridiana is no more. Starting today, the carrier that’s probably best known for its flights to The Italian Islands, such as Sardinia, is now called Air Italy. As part of the rebrand, its planes will get a fresh new look with teal-and-purple graphic elements on the tail and clean, all-caps type on the side of planes.

 

If that shade of purple looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it on Qatar Airways jets. The Gulf airline now owns 49 percent of Air Italy and has been instrumental in revamping Meridiana. It's heavily invested in the airlines to the modest prediction of millions of dollars, as well as providing some planes for the fleet: Air Italy will acquire at least 20 new jets over the next three years, the airline says, plus at least five wide-body jets from the Qatar Airways fleet. That’s important because Air Italy has big ambitions to become a major rival to Alitalia.

 

“Air Italy has an ambition to reach a goal of transporting 10 million passengers per year by 2022 traveling to, from, and via Italy,” Meridiana Chairman Francesco Violante said in a statement. “We expect more than 8 million of these to use Milan Malpensa airport.” Air Italy plans to start flying from Milan to both Miami and New York by this June. They’ll also add additional flights from Milan to Catania, Naples, Palermo, and Rome—plus the small Calabrian town of Lamezia Terme—this year, making the carrier a convenient alternative to train travel within Italy. While Air Italy hasn’t announced any details on cabin amenities, ticket prices will be “affordable,” Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.

 


 

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Air Italy is a scheduled airline based in the medieval town of Gallarate, Lombardy, offering flights from Verona and Milan.

Air Italy Flights to Verona and Milan

Air Italy has two main Italian bases at Verona and Milan (Malpensa). It operates to the following cities: Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, London-Stansted, Madrid, Moscow, Nairobi, Prague, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw. Soon a new subsidiary will start flying from Warsaw as Air Italy Polska.

Air Italy currently have a fleet of five Boeing aircraft, 3 Boeing 767’s and 2 Boeing 757’s. A further two Boeing 737-300 are arriving in 2007.

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