C.A.I. First

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C.A.I. First[1]
Logo Alitalia express.png
Founded October 1, 1997 (1997-10-01)
Ceased operations February 6, 2015
Operating bases Linate Airport (Milan)
Frequent-flyer program MilleMiglia
Alliance SkyTeam
Fleet size 1
Parent company Alitalia
Headquarters Fiumicino, Rome, Italy
Website alitalia.com

C.A.I. First S.p.A. was an airline operating flights for its parent company, Alitalia, to preserve slots at Linate Airport. For this reason Alitalia when merged with Air One didn't close C.A.I. First, which at that time still operated as Alitalia Express. It used to have bases at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport and Malpensa Airport in Milan.[2] The name C.A.I. First is only a legal name and not used in public, all of its flights are branded as Alitalia.

On February 6, 2015, C.A.I. First ceased all flight operations which has been moved to Alitalia mainline.[3]


Early years[edit]

Former Alitalia Express Embraer 170

The airline was established and started operations on 1 October 1997. It was founded from the defunct Avianova. In March 2003 it was reported that Alitalia was considering taking over Minerva Airlines which had suspended flight operations and transferring the turboprop fleet of Alitalia Express to Minerva Airlines. This did not happen and in September 2004 Alitalia announced plans to acquire twelve additional Embraer 170 aircraft for Alitalia Express.[citation needed] This did not happen, either.

Air One and Alitalia merger[edit]

In December 2008, Compagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI) took over Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane and Air One, merging the two companies together to create the "new Alitalia". With the take over, CAI also received Alitalia Express and Air One CityLiner. The Alitalia Express brand has been phased out and the regional arm of Alitalia is now Alitalia CityLiner by rebranding Air One CityLiner. The recent fleet of Alitalia Express (10 Embraer 170LR) was completely phased out by March 2013. Only one Airbus A320 from mainline Alitalia is now in the fleet (EI-DSC) to preserve the slots.


C.A.I. First - Alitalia Express Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers
J Y+ Y Total
Airbus A320-200 1 34 114 148
Total 103

Fleet history[edit]

Over the years, Alitalia Express has operated the following aircraft types:[4]

Alitalia Express Historical Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A320-200 2012
ATR 42-300 1996 2007
ATR 72-212 1996 2008
ATR 72-500 1999 2008
Embraer ERJ 145LR 2000 2008
Embraer 170 2004 2012
Dornier 328 2000 2004


  1. ^ a b "IATA - Codes - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. IATA. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 73. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Alitalia Express historic fleet at airfleets.net. Retrieved 14 February 2012". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Alitalia Express at Wikimedia Commons