|Founded||29 March 1963 as Alisarda|
|Hubs||Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport|
|Focus cities||Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (Rome)|
|Company slogan||Questo si chiama volare (This is called flying)|
Meridiana S.p.A. operating as Meridiana, is an entirely private capital Italian airline with its headquarters in Olbia - Costa Smeralda Airport (Sardinia, Italy). It also is the second largest carrier in Italy and operates domestic and European services as well as intercontinental flights.
In 1989, 35% of new stock was released to new shareholders to strengthen the company and the name Meridiana was adopted on 3 May 1991. The first international services were operated later in 1991 to Barcelona, Paris, London and Frankfurt.
At the end of February 2010, Meridiana fly was inaugurated, the second largest carrier in Italy, from the merger of two air transport players: Eurofly, a company specialising in charter services to long haul holiday destinations and Meridiana, scheduled carrier with an extensive national and European network, with the primary objective of connecting the main Italian airports with the two largest islands Sardinia and Sicily.
In October 2011 Meridiana fly also completely acquired the properties of Air Italy, a chartered Italian carrier which definitively joined the group and now operates connections on behalf of Meridiana.
On 16 January 2013 The Board of Directors of Meridiana S.p.A. acknowledged the agreement for the purchase by Meridiana S.p.A. of all the Meridiana fly ordinary shares held by the former shareholders of Air Italy Holding S.r.l. Today the group is run by Meridiana S.p.A. Holding wich controls 89% of Meridiana fly including 100% of Air Italy, the remaining part is quoted to the Milan Stock Exchange but an OPA[clarification needed] has recently launched to be delisted.
The Board of Directors of Meridiana fly named Board Member Roberto Scaramella, who is also the Aviation Director of AKFED[clarification needed], as the new CEO. A similar resolution has also been passed by the Board of Directors of Air Italy.
In April 2013, when Air Italy merged was completed, Meridiana Fly changed its brand name, back to the shorter Meridiana.
Today[when?] Meridiana offers a wide range of flights and leisure type destinations: with regard to the national and international short and medium haul scheduled flights, from the main Italian airports, it is possible to reach Sardinia (Olbia, Alghero and Cagliari), Sicily and Naples as well as major holiday destinations in the Mediterranean or in Egypt such as the Canary Islands, Greece and the Red Sea while the principal long range destinations, mainly serviced from Milan Malpensa and/or Rome Fiumicino, are the Maldives, Mauritius, Kenya, Zanzibar, Madagascar, Cuba, Santo Domingo and Brazil. The airports of Olbia - Costa Smeralda, Cagliari, Catania, Naples and Verona with Milan and Rome are the airports of reference in Italy.
Meridiana has a fleet of 27 aircraft consisting of 10 McDonnell Douglas MD82, 7 Airbus A320, 3 Boeing 737-700, 2 Boeing 737-300 WL, 2 Boeing 737-800, 1 Boeing 767-200, 2 Boeing 767-300.
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|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||10||—||—||165||165|
Meridiana operated the following aircraft types (before and after the merger with Eurofly):
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||1991|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||1997|
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- Official website (English)
- The site of the Real related Virtual Airline of Meridiana (Italian)
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