|Founded||29 March 1963
|Frequent-flyer program||Meridiana Club|
|Company slogan||Questo si chiama volare|
Meridiana fly S.p.A., operating as Meridiana (formerly Alisarda and Meridiana fly), is a privately owned Italian airline headquartered in Olbia. It operates domestic, European and intercontinental flights from several Italian bases.
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.
Merger with Eurofly
At the end of February 2010, Meridiana fly, the second largest carrier in Italy, was created by the merger of Eurofly, a company specialized in long-haul charter flights to holiday destinations, and Meridiana, a scheduled operator of national and European flights, with the primary objective of connecting the main Italian airports with Sardinia and Sicily.
In October 2011, Meridiana Fly completely acquired Air Italy, an Italian charter airline which 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 which controls 89% of Meridiana fly including 100% of Air Italy, the remaining part is quoted to the Milan Stock Exchange but a tender offer was recently launched to delist the company.
The Board of Directors of Meridiana fly named Board Member Roberto Scaramella, who is also the Aviation Director of AKFED, as the new CEO. A similar resolution was passed by the Board of Directors of Air Italy.
In April 2013, when the Air Italy merger was completed, Meridiana Fly returned to its former, shorter name, Meridiana. On 16 May, it launched the new frequent-flyer program Meridiana Club in partnership with Avios.
In mid-2013, Meridiana offered national and international scheduled flights from the main Italian airports to Sardinia (Olbia, Alghero and Cagliari), Sicily and Naples as well as holiday destinations such as the Canary Islands, Greece and the Red Sea. It also serviced the long-haul destinations of the Maldives, Mauritius, Kenya, Zanzibar, Santo Domingo and Brazil mainly from Milan Malpensa and/or Rome Fiumicino.
In 2014, the airline continues to reposition its brand by launching international flights to Moscow Domodedovo, London Gatwick, Kiev, Tel Aviv and Nice from Naples and to Brussels, Geneva, London Gatwick, Tel Aviv, Nice, Hamburg, Paris CDG, Moscow Domodedovo and Kiev from Olbia; reconfirming its leadership in Sardinia and its focus on Naples, Catania, Milan Linate and Verona airport for domestic Italian flights.
On November 18,2014 the Board of Directors appointed as new Ceo Mr. Richard Creagh and two board advisors, Mr. Colin Smith and Mr.Fabian Bachrach.
Since November 18th 2014, Meridiana Club frequent flyers will be able to earn Avios on British Airways flights as well as British Airways Executive Club members will be able to do the same when flying on Meridiana. With all earned Avios, both frequent flyers members will have the opportunity to redeem award tickets on British Airways and Meridiana flights.as from January 2015 members of Meridiana Club the airline’s frequent flyer programme, can collect Avios when they rent cars with Avis.
As of November 2014, the Meridiana fleet consists of the following aircraft, with an average age of 18.3 years:
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||9||0||0||165||165|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||1||0||0||165||165|
Meridiana operated the following aircraft types.
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||1991|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||1997|
Media related to Meridiana at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (English)
- The site of the Real related Virtual Airline of Meridiana (Italian)
- Facebook (Italian)
- YouTube channel (Italian)
- Twitter (Italian)
- LinkedIn (Italian)