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Founded 29 March 1963 as Alisarda
Commenced operations 1964
Operating bases
Hubs Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Focus cities Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (Rome)
Frequent-flyer program Hi-Fly
Fleet size 27
Destinations 49
Company slogan Questo si chiama volare (This is called flying)
Headquarters Olbia, Italy
Key people

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.


The company was set up with the name of Alisarda on March 29, 1963 by Aga Khan Prince Karīm al-Hussaynī with the aim of promoting tourism in Sardinia. Scheduled flights commenced in 1964.

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 specialized 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 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 has 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 has also been passed by the Board of Directors of Air Italy.[citation needed]

In April 2013, when Air Italy merged was completed, Meridiana Fly changed its brand name, back to the shorter Meridiana.[2]

At mid 2013, Meridiana offered different 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 main 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.


Codeshare agreements[edit]

Meridiana has codeshare agreements with the following airlines (as of 19 December 2011):


A Meridiana Airbus A319
A Meridiana MD-82
Meridiana Fleet[3]
Aircraft In fleet Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 7 180 180
Airbus A330-200 1 26 256 282
Boeing 737-300 1
retrofitted with winglets
Boeing 737-700 3 149 149
Boeing 737-800 1 189 189
Boeing 767-300 3 12 270 282
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 10 165 165
Total 27

Historical fleet[edit]

Meridiana operated the following aircraft types (before and after the merger with Eurofly):

Meridiana Historical Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319-100 2004 2013[4]
Airbus A320-200 2010
Airbus A330-200 2010
ATR 42-300 2009 2010
ATR 42-300QC 2001 2002
Avro RJ146-200 1991 2006
Boeing 737-300 2013
Boeing 737-700 2013
Boeing 737-800 2013
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1991
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 1997

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