Air Italy

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Air Italy
Air Italy logo.png
IATA
I9[1]
ICAO
AEY[2]
Callsign
AIR ITALY
Founded 2005
Frequent-flyer program Meridiana Club
Fleet size 12
Destinations see Meridiana
Parent company Meridiana
Headquarters Gallarate, Italy
Key people Giuseppe Gentile
Website meridiana.com

Air Italy S.p.A. is[2] an Italian airline based in Gallarate.[3][4] It is a fully integrated subsidiary of Meridiana and operates domestic and international services using the Meridiana brand.

History[edit]

The airline was set up in 2005 and was originally owned by BV Asset Management (40%), Giuseppe Gentile (40%) and the Pathfinder Corporation (20%)[5]). 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[which?] acquired a 40% share in Air Italy.

The funding of 280 million Euros was used to buy three used Boeing 767 aircraft (one -200ER and two -300ERs) in 2007 and 2008 for services to leisure destinations in Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean.[6] Most of Air Italy's independent flights left from either Naples Airport, Turin Airport, Verona Airport or Milan Malpensa Airport.[5]

On 18 July 2011, Meridiana, known as Meridiana fly back then, announced to merge with Air Italy.[7] Since 2013, Air Italy operates entirely on behalf of Meridiana using their corporate design. The name Air Italy is no longer used in public.

Subsidiaries[edit]

Air Italy used to maintain two subsidiaries, which meanwhile both ceased to exist:

  • Air Italy Egypt was created in 2007 under the name Euro Mediterranean Airlines as a subsidiary based in Egypt, which initially operated a single Boeing 757-200 that was later 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 also established in 2007 to operate leisure flights from Poland. In 2011, it was sold to private investors and renamed to Air Poland but subsequently filed for bankruptcy and shut down in 2012.

Destinations[edit]

All of Air Italy's operations are now done on behalf of its parent, Meridiana, under the Meridiana brand.

Fleet[edit]

Air Italy Boeing 767-200ER

As of April 2015, the Air Italy fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8]

Meridiana Fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Passengers Notes
F J Y Total
Boeing 737-300 2 148 148 operated for Meridiana
Boeing 737-700 3 149 149 operated for Meridiana
Boeing 737-800 4 189 189 operated for Meridiana
Boeing 767-200ER 1 12 241 253 operated for Meridiana
Boeing 767-300ER 2 18 258 276 operated for Meridiana
Total 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Elenco delle imprese titolari di licenza di trasporto aereo". enac.gov.it. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Work with Air Italy." Air Italy. Retrieved on 27 February 2010. "Air Italy Human Resources Dept. Corso Sempione 111 - 21013 Gallarate Varese (Italy) "
  4. ^ "Regolamento." Air Italy. Retrieved on 18 January 2011. "La Società Air Italy s.p.a. con sede in Corso Sempione 111, 21013 Gallarate (VA) al fine di promuovere i voli da tutta Italia a Fortaleza, [...]"
  5. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 58. 
  6. ^ Airliner World January 2007
  7. ^ http://www.meridiana.it/cms/deploy/1/IGGJ_InvestorRelations/IT/doc/investor_comunicatistampa/110718_Comunicato%20stampa%20Meridiana%20e%20Meridiana%20fly.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/airline/NN#al_profile_tab_fleet

External links[edit]

Media related to Air Italy at Wikimedia Commons