Category Archives: Air Italy (2nd)

Meridiana starts to repaint the Air Italy fleet, drops the “fly” from its name and settles on a color scheme

Meridiana fly (Olbia, Sardinia) on July 18, 2011, announced a merger with Air Italy (2nd) (Milan-Malpensa). Since then the two airlines have been operating as two separate airlines with their own brands and operating philosophies. This is now changing.

Meridiana fly - Air Italy logo

Meridiana has been using the Meridiana fly name since its merger with Eurofly (Milan-Malpensa) on February 28, 2010. Now the company will revert back to just Meridiana for the rebranding. The pictured 1991 livery above will now become the standard livery for all of the merged aircraft. For now, until the merger is complete, Air Italy is technically wet leasing its aircraft to Meridiana. The pictured Boeing 737-800 of Air Italy carries a small “Supplied by Air Italy” sticker applied close to the main forward left door.

Meridiana logo

The Air Italy brand will now be retired.

According to commercial director Andrea Andorno, “we want to emphasize the characteristics of full service carriers for the high-class clientele. No more low cost philosophy” according to this report by La Stampa.

Read the full report (in Italian): CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli. Air Italy’s Boeing 737-84P WL EI-IGN (msn 35074) taxies past the camera at Bologna in its new look.

Meridiana: AG Slide Show

Meridiana fly: AG Slide Show

Air Italy: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Nik French. Air Italy’s Boeing 737-8BK WL EI-EOJ (msn 33022) parks between flights at Manchester.

 

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Air Italy to be merged into Meridiana fly by February 15

Air Italy (2nd) (Rome) will be merged into Meridiana fly (Olbia) by February 15. According to this report by First Online (translated from Italian), “Meridiana SpA will acquire all of the ordinary shares held by the former shareholders of Meridiana fly – Air Italy Holding Ltd. (Marchin Investments BV, Pathfinder Ltd and Zain Holding Ltd., which together control 38.71% of the shares of the combined airline group). Meridiana fly will then turn over 89.91% of the share capital to its new controlling shareholder AKFED, controlled by Prince Karīm al-Hussayn Aga Khan. The transfer of shares will be completed by February 15. The new CEO of the reorganized Meridiana fly will be Roberto Scaramella, the aviation director of AKFED, who replaces Joseph Gentile.”

Read the full report (in Italian): CLICK HERE

Meridiana fly was originally founded as Alisarda on March 29, 1963 by Prince Karīm al-Hussayn Aga Khan, with the aim to promote tourism in Sardinia. Scheduled flights have been operated since 1964.

On May 3, 1991, Alisarda  was renamed Meridiana.

At the end of February 2010, a new airline was founded: Meridiana fly, born from the merger of Eurofly, a company specializing in charter flights and Meridiana, with a scheduled European and national route network, mostly aimed at connecting the main Italian airports with the two main islands of Sardinia and Sicily.

Air Italy (2nd) joined the Meridiana Group in October 2011.

Additionally, according to ch-aviation, the AOCs of both carriers were revoked by ENAC this week due to the financial difficulties of the two carriers and were issued temporary AOCs for a year.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Currently the two Italian airlines are now sharing the same website. Aga Khan is expected to increase his share holdings and investment in the new airline.

Meridiana fly - Air Italy logo

Bottom line, the Air Italy name and brand will be retired.

Top Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 767-304 ER N769NA (msn 28039) of Air Italy completes its final approach into Miami International Airport.

Air Italy (2nd): AG Slide Show

Meridiana fly: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli. Meridiana fly has been slow to develop its own brand. Since the merger with Eurofly, most aircraft are still operated in uninspiring white schemes. Even this Airbus A320-214 I-EEZI (msn 749) at Bologna still wears the old colors of Eurofly. A total remake of the new entity must be accomplished for the new company to thrive.

Air Italy adds Boeing 737-36N EI-IGS

Air Italy (2nd) (Milan-Malpensa) is adding this Boeing 737-36N registered EI-IGS (msn 28562, ex N562SM) with Blended Winglets.

Copyright Photo: Gerry McCready. EI-IGS taxies past the camera at Shannon after repainting.

Air Italy to quit refugee charter flights

Air Italy (2nd) (Milan-Malpensa) will stop flying refugee charters for Iraqi asylum seekers.

News link:

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/airline-backs-out-of-further-deportations-1808394.html

AG Photo Link:

http://airlinersgallery.com/2/7eaa0/#/gallery/air-italy-2nd/