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Founded 29 March 1963
(as Alisarda)
Commenced operations 1964
Operating bases
Hubs Olbia
Frequent-flyer program Meridiana Club
Fleet size 25
Destinations 51
Company slogan Questo si chiama volare
Headquarters Olbia, Italy
Key people

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.


Early years[edit]

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.

Merger with Eurofly[edit]

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.

Latest developments[edit]

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.[citation needed]

In April 2013, when the Air Italy merger was completed, Meridiana Fly returned to its former, shorter name, Meridiana.[1] 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.

The airline began seasonal flights to Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport on 16 December 2014. Here the airlines' Boeing 737-700 deploys reverse thrusters after landing on its inaugural flight from Naples.

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 from January 2015 members of Meridiana Club the airline’s frequent flyer programme, can collect Avios when they rent cars with Avis.


Codeshare agreements[edit]

Meridiana has codeshare agreements with the following airlines (as of 25 December 2014):


Boeing 737 Meridiana
A Meridiana MD-82

As of November 2014, the Meridiana fleet consists of the following aircraft, with an average age of 18.3 years:

Meridiana Fleet
Aircraft In fleet Passengers
F J Y Total
Airbus A330-200 1 0 26 256 282
Airbus A320-200 2 0 0 180 180
Boeing 737-300 2 0 0 148 148
Boeing 737-700 3 0 0 149 149
Boeing 737-800 4 0 0 189 189
Boeing 767-300 2 0 18 258 276
Boeing 767-200 1 0 12 241 253
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 9 0 0 165 165
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 1 0 0 165 165
Total 25

Historical fleet[edit]

Meridiana operated the following aircraft types.

Meridiana Historical Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319-100 2004 2013[2]
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

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Meridiana at Wikimedia Commons