Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana, operating as Alitalia, is the flag carrier of Italy. The company has its head office in Fiumicino, Italy, its main hub is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, a secondary is Linate Airport, Milan. Other focus airports are Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Milan-Malpensa Airport, Palermo Airport and Naples Airport. In 2018, it was the twelfth-largest airline in Europe; the name "Alitalia" is an Italian portmanteau of the words ali, Italia. On 2 May 2017, the airline went into administration after the Italian government formally approved the move. In 2008, a group of investors formed the "Compagnia Aerea Italiana" consortium to buy the bankrupt Alitalia – Linee Aeree Italiane and to merge these with Air One, another bankrupt Italian carrier. On 30 October 2008, CAI offered €1 billion to acquire parts of the bankrupt airline, amidst pilots' and flight crew members' opposition to labour agreements. On 19 November 2008, CAI's offer was accepted by the bankruptcy administrator of Alitalia with the permission of the Italian government, at the time the majority shareholder of the bankrupt airline.
Alitalia's profitable assets were transferred to CAI on 12 December 2008 after CAI paid € 1.05 billion, consisting of €427 million in cash and the assumption of responsibility for €625 million in Alitalia debt. A USA diplomatic cable disclosed in 2011 summarised the operation as follows: "Under the guise of a rather quaint desire to maintain the Italian-ness of the company, a group of wealthy Berlusconi cronies was enticed into taking over the healthy portions of Alitalia, leaving its debts to the Italian taxpayers; the rules of bankruptcy were changed in the middle of the game to meet the government's needs. Berlusconi pulled this one off, but his involvement cost the Italian taxpayers a lot of money."On 13 January 2009, the "new" Alitalia launched operations. The owners of Compagnia Aerea Italiana sold 25% of the company's shares to Air France-KLM for €322 million. Air France-KLM obtained an option, subject to certain conditions, to purchase additional shares after 2013; the "new" Alitalia has not claimed the old Alitalia's history as its own, as can be seen in official documents regarding the new "Alitalia Group".
Instead, they stressed that they were a different company: they chose not to recognize benefits such as discounted tickets to former Alitalia-LAI workers and refused to honour passengers' claims against the old Alitalia. The new Alitalia does not own many of its operating airplanes; every plane that CAI had acquired from the old Alitalia was sold or decommissioned. Alitalia-CAI airplanes are leased from Aircraft Purchase Fleet, an Irish company owned by Carlo Toto, the former owner of the bankrupt Air One, merged in 2008 into Alitalia-CAI when the new company was founded. In January 2010, Alitalia celebrated its first anniversary since the relaunch, it carried 22 million passengers in its first year of operations. In 2011, 25 million passengers were carried. On 1 February 2010, it was announced; this was the first strike action for Alitalia since the relaunch. On 11 February 2010, Alitalia announced that, starting from March 2010, it would use Air One as a low-fare airline, with operations based at Milan Malpensa Airport, focused on short-haul leisure routes.
It was predicted that the subsidiary would handle 2.4 million passengers by 2012. In 2011, 1.4 million passengers were carried by the subsidiary. Although operations were to be concentrated at Milan Malpensa, Air One operated from Milan-Malpensa, Venice-Marco Polo and Catania as of January 2013. On 12 February 2011, information was released about a possible merger between Alitalia and Meridiana Fly, another Italian carrier; the merger did not occur. On 23 February 2011, Alitalia and ENAC announced the introduction of a safety card written in braille and characters in 3-D relief, the first of its kind. On 25 January 2012, Alitalia signed memoranda of understanding with two other Italian airlines, Blue Panorama and Wind Jet, said to have started processes "aimed at achieving integration" with them. By the end of July 2012, the Italian antitrust authority allowed Alitalia to acquire Wind Jet, but in return Alitalia would have to cede slots on domestic routes. Faced with this, Alitalia cancelled the plans a few days in August 2012.
On 3 May 2013, in a sting codenamed "Operation Clean Holds", police made 49 arrests at Rome's Fiumicino airport, with another 37 in Italian airports including Bari, Milan Linate, Naples and Verona. All were Alitalia employees caught on camera and most were charged with aggravated theft and damage. In late 2013, facing bankruptcy, the loss of a major fuel supplier, a possible grounding by Italy's civil aviation authority, the airline announced a €500 million rescue package which included a €75 million investment by the Italian state-owned postal operator. In June 2014, the Abu Dhabi-based UAE national airline Etihad Airways announced it was taking a 49% stake in Alitalia. On 30 September 2014, Alitalia's budget subsidiary Air One ceased flight operations. On 1 January 2015, Alitalia-CAI formally passed its operations to Alitalia-SAI, a new entity owned 49% by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and 51% owned by the former Italian stakeholders of Alitalia-CAI. In May 2015, Alitalia announced it would terminate its partnership with Air France-KLM in 2017, stating that there were no longer enough advantages from the joint venture to keep it up.
In February 2016, Alitalia announced that in late March 2016 it would cancel mos
Cargolux Italia S.p. A. is an Italian cargo airline, set up as a joint venture between various Italian investors and Cargolux. Its head office is located at Vizzola Ticino and its hub is Milan-Malpensa Airport; the airline was established in December 2008 and commenced operations in June 2009. Cargolux Italia serves the following destinations with scheduled cargo flights: As of December 2018, the Cargolux Italia fleet consists of the following aircraft: Official website
Orio al Serio International Airport
Orio al Serio International Airport also known as Il Caravaggio International Airport, is the third busiest international airport in Italy. It is located in the municipal territory of Orio al Serio, 2 nautical miles southeast of Bergamo in Italy; the airport is 45 km north-east of Milan, where it operates alongside Malpensa Airport and Linate Airport, the city's other two primary airports. The airport served 11,159,631 passengers in 2016; the airport is called Milan/Bergamo by several airlines, although neither "Milan" nor "Bergamo" are part of the airport's official naming. The airport is managed by SACBO, a company owned by SEA – Aeroporti di Milano, the operator of Linate and Malpensa airports. SEA, the company that runs the latter two airports holds a 31% stake in SACBO, it is named "Il Caravaggio" after the Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, who lived as a child at Caravaggio in the Province of Bergamo. Ground handling services are provided by Airport Global Services. Security services were provided by SACBO with the supervision of the Polizia di Frontiera, Guardia di Finanza and Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile.
Due to labour disputes and costs the security services have been outsourced to a private security firm. On 30 October 2005, Trade Air Flight 729 crashed near Bergamo, shortly after taking off from Orio al Serio Airport in poor weather; the flight was a night-time cargo flight from Bergamo to Zagreb operated by a Let L-410 Turbolet with the registration 9A-BTA. All three people on board, two pilots and a passenger, were killed. On 5 August 2016, during the night, Boeing 737-476 registered HA-FAX, operated by ASL Airlines Hungary, overshot while landing on runway 28 in Bergamo and came to a stop on a parking lot and on a secondary highway lane, around the airport, 300 m from the runway end. No one was injured; the plane was removed from the street the same day. The air traffic remained unvaried without delays; the A4 is one of the main road networks. There are several public transportation links including express coaches. There are further connections to/from Bergamo city center, Bologna, Monza, Malpensa Airport, Milan Trade Exhibition Center, Torino, Verona.
The nearest railway station is Bergamo railway station, 3.5 miles away. There is no official shuttle between the railway station. A bus service operated by ATB connects to the airport, about 10 minutes from the train station. Transport in Milan List of airports in Italy Media related to Orio al Serio International Airport at Wikimedia Commons Official website Independent website Accident history for BGY at Aviation Safety Network Current weather for LIME at NOAA/NWS
Mistral Air is an Italian cargo and former passenger airline headquartered in Rome and is a subsidiary of Poste italiane. It maintains bases at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport and Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport and used to serve domestic scheduled and international charter passenger services which it ceased in mid 2018 while focusing on cargo operations since then. Mistral Air was established in 1981 by actor and former swimmer Bud Spencer and started operations in 1984, it was wholly owned by TNT N. V. until March 2002 when TNT sold a 75% stake to Poste Italiane. The airline has been contracted by the Holy See of the Vatican to fly Pilgrims to holy sites such as Lourdes, Fátima, Santiago de Compostela, Medjugorje across Mostar, Palestine and Mexico; the first flight went from Rome to Lourdes on 27 August 2007 transporting the vicar of Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini. In May 2018, owner Poste Italiane announced that Mistral Air will cease all scheduled and charter passenger flights to focus on cargo operations from now on.
The airline has been loss-making for years and lost a PSO contract for Italian domestic services as well. As of August 2018, Mistral Air no longer serves any scheduled routes; the remaining destinations served were Cagliari, Naples, Perugia and Pescara in Italy as well as Tirana in Albania which all ceased by August 2018. There are no more wetlease agreements or charter destinations Mistral air's international flight lands only in Tirana; as of July 2018, the Mistral Air fleet consists of the following aircraft: The airline operated the following aircraft as of August 2016: 1 ATR 42-300F 1 ATR 72-200F 4 Boeing 737-300 QC 2 Boeing 737-400 F Media related to Mistral Air at Wikimedia Commons Official website
Blue Panorama Airlines
Blue Panorama Airlines S.p. A. is an Italian airline headquartered in Fiumicino operating scheduled and charter flights from Italy - Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Malpensa - to various international destinations. Blu-express is the brand name for low-cost medium range flights operated by Blue Panorama. Additional business charter flights are operated under the name Executive Blue. Blue Panorama is a private Italian airline operating intercontinental and national charter and scheduled flights, it was founded in Rome in 1998 by Franco Pecci, has been an IATA member since 2002. Since 2005, Blue Panorama Airlines' Boeing 737 fleet has operated national and international flights for the Blu-Express low-cost division. In January 2012, Alitalia declared interest in a merger with Blue Panorama, as well as with Wind Jet, another Italian airline. In April 2012 Alitalia decided not to proceed with the acquisitions. In October 2012, Blue Panorama entered bankruptcy protection; this license gave the airline the ability to restructure itself.
On 25 November 2013, Blu-express started flights from Italy to Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza after Belle Air ceased operations there. In January 2014, Blue Panorama Airlines requested to be admitted to extraordinary administration procedure and the abandonment of the composition procedure in continuity; the management of the airline is left to the company’s founder. Blue Panorama confirmed that company business and flights are operational. Blue Panorama Airlines codeshares with the following airlines: Albawings As of September 2018, the Blue Panorama fleet includes the following aircraft: Blue Panorama Boeing 757-200 EI-DKL and Boeing 767-300ER appear in John Legend's music video for "Show Me". On 16 July 2004, a Boeing 767 operating as flight 1504 experienced an uncontained engine failure on takeoff from Rome-Fimucino Airport; the plane returned after conducting an emergency landing. Further investigation revealed that a high pressure fuel hose leaked 700 kilograms of fuel into the engine's nacelle during taxi, which ignited upon takeoff.
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Air Italy (2005–2018)
Air Italy S.p. A. operating as Air Italy was an Italian airline, headquartered in Milan. The airline operated wet-leased aircraft from Boeing, it operated from 2005-2018 as the main airline of Air Italy Group together with two other subsidiaries, Air Italy Egypt and Air Italy Polska, which both ceased operation. After 2011, Air Italy was a integrated subsidiary of Meridiana known as Meridiana fly, continued its operation under the Meridiana Brand but keeping its own AOC. On 28 February 2018, Air Italy reorganized with Meridiana to create the new Air Italy under the new ownership of Meridiana's Parent Company, AQA Holding; the airline was set up in 2005 and was owned by BV Asset Management, Giuseppe Gentile and the Pathfinder Corporation. It started operations on 29 May of the same year with an inaugural flight from Turin to Budapest. In late 2006, an independent investment company acquired a 40% share in Air Italy; the funding of 280 million Euros was used to buy three used Boeing 767 aircraft in 2007 and 2008 for services to leisure destinations in Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean.
Most of Air Italy's independent flights left from either Naples Airport, Turin Airport, Verona Airport or Milan Malpensa Airport. On 18 July 2011, Meridiana known as Meridiana fly, announced that it would merge with Air Italy. Since 2013, Air Italy operates on behalf of Meridiana using their corporate design. On 2 September 2017 it was announced that Qatar Airways had bought 49% of AQA Holding, the new shareholder of Meridiana. On 7 November 2017 it was announced that Qatar Airways would be merging Meridiana and Air Italy under the Meridiana brand and AOC. February 19 2018, Meridiana was re-branded and merged with Air Italy in a bid to becomes Italy's flagship carrier under the new Air Italy brand, in place of the bankrupt Alitalia. Eight new aircraft are to be added in 2018, comprising three Boeing 737 MAX 8 and five Airbus A330-200s. Air Italy confirmed a commitment to receive 20 new 737 MAX aircraft from Apr-2018 over three years, while the A330s will be sourced from Qatar Airways as it replaces its A330 aircraft with 787s.
Air Italy plans to operate 50 aircraft by 2022. Air Italy used to maintain two subsidiaries, which have since ceased to exist: Air Italy Egypt was created in 2007 under the name Euro Mediterranean Airlines as a subsidiary based in Egypt, which operated a single Boeing 757-200, replaced by a Boeing 737-800. In September 2009, Euro Mediterranean Airlines was rebranded as Air Italy Egypt, but by the end of the same year it had vanished due to financial difficulties. Air Italy Polska was established in 2007 to operate leisure flights from Poland. In 2011, it was sold to private investors and renamed Air Poland but subsequently filed for bankruptcy and shut down in 2012. All of Air Italy's flights were operated on behalf of its parent, under the Meridiana brand; the Air Italy fleet consists of the following aircraft: The airline operated the following aircraft as of August 2016: 2 Boeing 737-300 2 further Boeing 737-700 Fleet details at planespotters.net
Elitaliana S.p.a. is an Italian helicopter company located in Rome. It owns the operating license for public transport and the Air Operator Certificate issued by the National Agency for Civil Aviation. From 2009 the Company is active in all sectors of helicopters: Search and Rescue, aerial work, freight transport, forest fire prevention, disinfestation services, environmental monitoring, etc. Elitaliana S.p.a. controls the activity of the Elitaliana Training Academy, an ATO certified in compliance with Regulation 1178/2011 and the Elitaliana Maintenance aeronautical maintenance company certified according to Part 145 as well as the Ground Aviation Maintenance, the company that deals with the design and construction of helipads. It is operational on nine bases in Italy. 5 of them are destined for helicopter rescue. Elitaliana S.p.a. was founded in 1964, after various vicissitudes refounded on the previous FreeAir Helicopters. For this reason, the brothers Alessandro and Giancarlo Giulivi, members of Elitaliana and Free Air Helicopter, were reported by the Guardia di Finanza for tax evasion of 14 million euro on June 26, 2009.
In 2012 it was accused by the Irish Court of Justice of not having paid the installments of the lease for the purchase of three EC135 T2 helicopters, used by the same at the helicopter rescue bases in Italy and in Kosovo. After 5 years, in accordance with the request of the Criminal Court of Rome Section VI and the Public Prosecutor, Sentence no. 9906 was issued on 10 June 2014 with which Elitaliana S.p.a. and the brothers Alessandro and Giancarlo Giulivi were acquitted with full formula because "the fact does not exist". The dispute before the Court of Dublin between Elitaliana S.p.a. and a leasing company was concluded with a settlement signed by the parties before the Dublin Arbitration Center on 22 March 2013. It began its HEMS activities in Lazio starting from 2001. From 1 July 2009, he manages the Relief Service of the Lazio Region on behalf of Ares 118; the contract, which has a duration of 9 years, has been assigned following a public call for tenders issued by Ares 118. The HEMS operational bases in Lazio are three all H24.
The Elitaliana S.p.a. fleet It is composed of 18 helicopters. The Elitaliana Training Academy has 4 Robinson R22 and 3 Robinson R44 helicopters. Between 2011 and 2013, it signed an agreement with Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland for the purchase of six AW169 helicopters. In 2014, during the Farnborough Air Show, it announced the purchase of two AW109 Trekkers. List of airlines of Italy List of airlines List of airlines of Europe