Articles Tagged ‘Italian airlines’

Meridiana fly and Air Italy complete merger, as Meridiana turns 50 under new CEO; combined fleet shrinks for S13

Meridiana fly and Air Italy complete merger, as Meridiana turns 50 under new CEO; combined fleet shrinks for S13

Sardinia-based Meridiana has had an eventful last few years with mergers, consolidation, rivals going bust and issues regarding its operating licence. Now though, the carrier appears to be back on track, under new management, with a big presence in Sardinia and Sicily, and some new international routes.

Wind Jet collapse bad news for Catania; Alitalia, easyJet, blu-express, Meridiana fly and Ryanair all set to benefit

Wind Jet collapse bad news for Catania; Alitalia, easyJet, blu-express, Meridiana fly and Ryanair all set to benefit

Alitalia was supposed to ‘rescue’ Wind Jet but the deal fell through at the last minute. What competition did Wind Jet face on its busiest routes and which international markets did the airline serve? From how many Italian airports did the carrier serve various Russian destinations?

blu-express focuses on Greece for summer expansion

blu-express focuses on Greece for summer expansion

Italian LCC blu-express is based in Rome and serves some 30 destinations with the help of its parent company Blue Panorama Airlines. But which routes see capacity cutbacks in June, July and August to make way for the seasonal routes to Greece, Spain and Turkey?


Alitalia plans small increase in international capacity from Rome, but 5% cut in domestic capacity this summer

Alitalia plans small increase in international capacity from Rome, but 5% cut in domestic capacity this summer

The new, privatised Alitalia continues to evolve its Rome-based network, but which leading country markets will see the greatest changes this June compared with last June? How dominant is the domestic market and which planned new destinations for this summer have had their launch date pushed back to July?

Alitalia's low-cost "smart carrier" Air One to launch third base with international flights from Venice Marco Polo

Alitalia’s low-cost “smart carrier” Air One to launch third base with international flights from Venice Marco Polo

Alitalia is using its low-cost subsidiary Air One to launch international services from Venice Marco Polo airport. Which are the leading airlines at the airport this summer, and what competition at Marco Polo and Treviso will Air One face on its 11 new international routes?

Eagles Airlines become PRIMA; currently operating just four Italian domestic routes plus Rome to Nimes (France)

Eagles Airlines become PRIMA; currently operating just four Italian domestic routes plus Rome to Nimes (France)

Italy continues to be home to a number of niche carriers and PRIMA with its fleet of three Fokker 100s is one of them. Which is the only route it serves daily and who does it compete with on this route? Which other destinations might the carrier be considering?


New Alitalia celebrates 2nd birthday; 23 million passengers carried in 2010; 137 routes and 79 destinations this winter

New Alitalia celebrates 2nd birthday; 23 million passengers carried in 2010; 137 routes and 79 destinations this winter

The re-born Alitalia is 2 years old this week. How have passenger numbers and load factors this year compared with 2009? What new routes has it started from which Italian airports in the last 12 months? What’s coming up in 2011 and which major European markets are still being avoided?

ItAli Airlines launches routes to Rome FCO versus Alitalia using MD-82s; first Sukhoi Superjet coming in 2011

ItAli Airlines launches routes to Rome FCO versus Alitalia using MD-82s; first Sukhoi Superjet coming in 2011

Who knew that a little-known Italian carrier was the first in Western Europe to order Sukhoi Superjets? In the mean time the carrier has launched three domestic routes (and one international) using MD-82s. We take a closer look.

Alitalia maintains Air One brand as ‘smart carrier’ to attack easyJet at Milan Malpensa; five A320s serve 14 destinations

Alitalia maintains Air One brand as ‘smart carrier’ to attack easyJet at Milan Malpensa; five A320s serve 14 destinations

Anyone who thought the Air One brand would disappear after the merger with Alitalia appears to be mistaken. It is alive and well and being used to help Alitalia fight for a presence at Milan Malpensa? But will it last?


Italian LCC Wind Jet still heavily focussed on domestic market; just 20% of scheduled flights are international

Italian LCC Wind Jet still heavily focussed on domestic market; just 20% of scheduled flights are international

Based in Sicily this LCC has been around for seven years yet still has just 12 Airbus aircraft in its fleet. So which are its busiest airports and routes and which unusual international destinations does it serve?

New Alitalia celebrates 1st birthday; 21 million passengers in 2009 across 73 destinations

New Alitalia celebrates 1st birthday; 21 million passengers in 2009 across 73 destinationsYes, we know the Alitalia brand has been around for ages but the airline bearing that name now is technically only a year old. What have been its monthly load factors and which destinations and routes have been added and dropped?

Italy: Alitalia still dominant on domestic routes; 3rd behind Ryanair/easyJet on intl/EU

Article ThumbAlitalia recently reported some traffic and financial results for the first half of 2009. But what are its network strengths and weaknesses? Which are the leading country markets from Italy and which airports are growing in 2009?