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by Giuseppe TovarJanuary 28, 2015

Alitalia – is an Italian airline founded in 2008 that bought the branding rights, airport routes, and part of the fleet of aircraft and other properties of the old airline during the process of bankruptcy of the latter, as well as the assets of Air One.

The company is headquartered in Fiumicino (Italy). Its main hub is the Roma-Fiumicino Airport, in Rome. The airline operates services to 28 domestic destinations and 70 international ones in 50 countries in Africa, America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

On August 26 2008, a group of Italian entrepreneurs along with Intesa Sanpaolo, one of the most important banks in Italy, founded Compagnia Italian airline (ISC) with the objective of buying the brand and some of the assets of the bankrupt airline and combine these with Air One, its main competitor in Italy. Only the brand name would remain for the new merged company.

On October 30, 2008, the ISC offers 1,100 million euros to buy part of the airline in bankruptcy. The offer was presented to the bankruptcy administrator for the airline despite the refusal of some pilots and the trade unions of cabin crew of passengers to the rescue plan. The administrator of the bankruptcy and the Italian Government, the main shareholder of the airline, accepted the offer of the ISC, on November 19, 2008. On 13 January 2009, the new airline to start its operations. The owners of Italian airline Compagnia sold 25% of the company’s shares to Air France-KLM for €322,000,000 . Air France-KLM also negotiated the option to buy more shares in 2013. Air France-KLM, as well as the governing body of the ISC agreed to the sale of the package of shares. In January 2010, Alitalia celebrated its first birthday since the resumption of operations. During its first year it transported 22 million passengers

On February 11, 2010, the airline announced that, starting in the summer season, it would use the brand name Air One as low-cost airline, based out of the Milan – Malpensa airport, and that it would focus on holiday routes for short- and medium-haul. The new Air One will have 5 aircraft (Airbus A320), and 10 more in 2012. The airline expects to carry 3 million passengers in 2012 from Milan Malpensa, of which 2.4 million will be carried by the new airline, which currently connects Spain to its bases in Rome FCO and Milan MXP, with several daily flights, the airports of: Madrid-Barajas , Barcelona-El Prat, Valencia, Malaga and Bilbao; In the summer season (usually from May to September) the destinations  of Ibiza, Menorca and Palma de Mallorca.

In Latin America, the airline offers daily, direct flights to Buenos Aires, Caracas, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, San Salvador, Aruba, Recife and Fortaleza.

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  • Erik
    December 4, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Oct 29, FCO-YYZ one way. The aircraft was a new A330-200, clean and shiny. Check-in was easy, as I traveled light (only one carry-on), I printed my boarding pass at a kiosk. Cabin crew were all very hospitable and very nice, food very good, good choice of drinks, open bar at the back. Seats just fine, being over 6’0 tall I had no problems stretching my legs, but I did get up for some stretch-walking throughout the flight. We departed and landed on time, boarding was a bit chaotic, as Alitalia call for a generic economy boarding, and they don’t go by rows. I understand it is not one of the biggest airlines in the world, but what they provide is way above average. There is always a touch of great Italian style and refinement in any almost every aspect of the flight.

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