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Alitalia to end its Air France-KLM partnership

Alitalia (Societa Aerea Italiana) (3rd) (Rome) has a new growing relationship with partner Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). This expanding partnership with the Gulf carrier has made the older Air France-KLM (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Paris and Amsterdam) relationship less important. As a result, Alitalia has decided to withdraw from the Air France-KLM partnership at the end of 2016. Will it also leave SkyTeam? The Italian airline issued this statement:

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Alitalia SAI has announced that it will not renew its partnership agreement and ancillary joint ventures agreements with Air France-KLM when they come up for renewal in 2017.

The agreements govern passenger services operated by the three carriers between Italy and France (and beyond), and between Italy and the Netherlands (and beyond), as well as the marketing, sales and distribution of Alitalia Cargo belly services undertaken by Air France-KLM.

The original agreements were concluded with Alitalia CAI (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) in 2009 and 2010 under very different economic circumstances, and were subsequently transferred to Alitalia SAI in January 2015.

Silvano Cassano, CEO of Alitalia, said: “These agreements are no longer beneficial, either commercially or strategically, to the new Alitalia and its ambitious turnaround plan. They were negotiated when Alitalia was in a very different position, with the result that the agreements in their current forms favor the other party.

“They are undermining our ability to restructure our network and the airline effectively to achieve the long term sustainability of our business.

“The new Alitalia is in a new position. Our business needs agreements which deliver equitable value to each party.

“For Italy and for Alitalia, our first priority is to win back the inbound tourism market, while better serving Italian leisure and business travellers.

“In our plans we also want to deliver up-to-date cargo solutions to the Italian manufacturing industry, the second largest in Europe, which has growing needs to export goods worldwide.

“We have indicated to Air France-KLM that we are willing to discuss more equitable arrangements that benefit all the parties involved, but thus far we have been unable to achieve this result.

“We remain open to further discussions to achieve a mutually acceptable solution. However in the interest of transparency and certainty for all parties, we felt it necessary to announce our intention not to renew these agreements under the present conditions.”

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Etihad Airways completes its 49% acquisition of Alitalia, Alitalia SAI – Società Aerea Italiana to take off on January 1

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) have issued this statement:

Etihad Airways has completed its investment and acquires 49 percent equity stake in the new Alitalia. The new company (Alitalia 3rd) to be fully operational with effect from January 1, 2015:

Alitalia and Etihad Airways on December 23 announced the completion of all the formalities related to the transfer of air transport operations from Alitalia CAI to the new Alitalia SAI.

Etihad Airways has subscribed and paid for the capital increase of euro 387.5 million for the acquisition of a 49 percent share in Alitalia SAI. The remaining 51 per cent shareholding is held by Alitalia CAI through MidCo, which has contributed the agreed assets and liabilities for the continuation of the airline.

The transaction will become effective on December 31, 2014 and Alitalia SAI – Società Aerea Italiana will commence operations on January 1, 2015.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Former Air One Airbus A330-202 EI-DIP (msn 339) arrives in Toronto (Pearson).

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Alitalia introduces its new Airbus A320 Jeep Renegade logo jet

Alitalia (2nd) A320-200 EI-DSW (14-Jeep Renegade)(Grd)(GGC)(LRW)

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) has introduced a new promotional logo jet for the new Italian-built Jeep Renegade. The pictured ex-Air One Airbus A320-216 EI-DSW (msn 3609) was ferried from Shannon where it was painted to Rome (Fiumicino) on December 20.

According to Wikipedia, “the Jeep Renegade (BU) is a subcompact crossover SUV (mini SUV in Europe) from the Jeep division of Chrysler. It will be built in Melfi, Italy alongside the related Fiat 500X with which it shares its platform. It was first shown to the public in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show and mass-production has started in late August. The Renegade will be the first Jeep product to be produced exclusively outside of North America, being produced in Melfi, Italy, and will sell in South African, European and North American markets.”

Photo: Giorgio Ciarini.

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Alitalia begins new service to Berlin and Dusseldorf due to its new relationship with Airberlin

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) yesterday (December 15) began new service from Rome (Fiumicino), Milan (Linate) and Venice to Berlin (Tegel) and Dusseldorf. The first Alitalia flights to the two German cities took off from Milan Linate Airport at 6.30 am (flight AZ 418 to Dusseldorf) and 6:35 am (flight AZ 406 to Berlin), while the new flights from Rome and Venice departed later in the day.

The new daily service to Berlin and Dusseldorf will operate, for the winter season, with an Embraer 175 aircraft configured in two classes of service: “Ottima” – Alitalia’s business class on international flights, and “Classica”, the economy class. During the summer season, which will begin in March 2015, these routes will be operated with higher capacity aircraft.

The new service between Italy and Germany is very important for Alitalia from a strategic point of view. With the introduction of the new flights to Berlin and Dusseldorf, Alitalia will offer 370,000 more seats to Germany in 2015, an increase of +66%, compared to 2014, expanding its network, which was limited to flights from Rome to Munich and from Rome and Milan Linate to Frankfurt.

All new flights launched are in codeshare with Airberlin, the second largest German airline, in accordance with the codeshare agreement between the two companies launched on October 26, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) EI-RDC (msn 17000333) taxies at Zurich.

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Alitalia appoints a new management team to turnaround the airline

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Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) with the new investment and partnership with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), is making changes at a rapid pace. This turnaround now includes a whole new management team. This new team will lead the turnaround at the flag carrier. The airline yesterday issued this statement:

Alitalia, Italy’s leading airline, on December 5 announced a new management team, who will implement a major turnaround strategy to develop the carrier into a competitive, sustainably profitable business, under the leadership of its recently appointed Chief Executive Officer Silvano Cassano.

The appointments are effective from January 1, 2015 as part of a new, recapitalized Alitalia entity that is being established following a landmark €1,758 million investment in the airline, which includes Etihad Airways’ acquisition of a minority shareholding.

Giancarlo Schisano has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer of Alitalia, having worked in a number of roles at the airline since 2005, including Executive Vice President Cargo and most recently Deputy General Manager Business.

He will be responsible for operational performance, safety and security including leading the functions of flight operations, engineering and maintenance and ground operations, safety and quality.

Duncan Naysmith has been named Chief Financial Officer of Alitalia and joins from Etihad Airways, where he served as Vice President of Financial Reporting. He will play an instrumental role in Alitalia’s new business plan, with responsibility for the airline’s finance, treasury, supply chain and property.

Antonio Cuccuini has been confirmed as Chief People and Performance Officer from his current role as Alitalia’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources. He will be responsible for Alitalia’s entire HR function and will support the airline’s turnaround strategy through key activities such as HR management and development, compensation and benefits, and labour cost planning and controlling.

Also part of the team, as previously announced, is Ariodante Valeri who will serve as Chief Commercial Officer. Mr Valeri, who has more than 30 years of transportation and consumer industry experience, most recently served as General Manager at Grandi Navi Veloci. He commenced his new role at Alitalia on 1 October 2014 and leads the airline’s sales and marketing operations.

Aubrey Tiedt has been appointed to the new position of Chief Customer Officer and has over 20 years of aviation experience, including her most recent position as Vice President Guest Services at Etihad Airways. She will lead a transformation in the end-to-end travel experience to reposition Alitalia as a world class customer-centric airline.

John Shepley has been appointed as Alitalia’s Chief Planning and Strategy Officer, with responsibility for pricing, capacity and revenue management, route and network planning, alliances and fleet. The aviation veteran has previously served in senior executive roles at Etihad Airways, Jetstar Airways and Gulf Air.

Recruitment is still underway for a Chief Information Technology Officer who will report to the CEO.

The new management team will report directly to Alitalia’s Chief Executive Officer Silvano Cassano, who has over 35 years of senior management experience across a variety of industries and has previously served as Chairman and CEO of Italian shipping company Grandi Navi Veloci, CEO of global fashion brand Benetton Group, CEO of Fiat Auto Financial and Consumer Services, and Vice President European Operations at Hertz Europe.

Mr Cassano said: “Our new management team consists of seasoned, world-class executives with the experience, skills and determination needed to bring our ambitious turnaround strategy to fruition. Together, we will work with our stakeholders, employees, trade unions and the government to ensure that the unprecedented opportunities being presented through Alitalia’s recapitalisation are fully realised”.

“Our comprehensive new business plan has a target of sustainable profitability from 2017, which we will achieve by developing a revitalised brand with a premium ‘Made in Italy’ concept, that will provide Italian travellers with improved connections worldwide, drive increased inbound tourism into the country, support Italy’s economic growth, and safeguard thousands of Italian jobs.”

Identify the airliner:

Alitalia Savoia Marchetti SM 95 D-DALO (Rome-Ciampino)(Alitalia)(LR)

Answer: Savoia Marchetti SM 95, registered as I-DALO, and named “Ugolino Vivaldi”, on the tarmac at Rome’s Ciampino Airport ready for departure (Alitalia).

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Alitalia to launch new Abu Dhabi routes on March 29, 2015 from Milan Malpensa and Venice

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) on March 29, 2015 will launch new routes from Milan (Malpensa) and Venice to Abu Dhabi, tripling its frequency to the Capital of the United Arab Emirates with a total of 42 round-trip flights between Italy and Abu Dhabi.

The new Alitalia flights from Milan and Venice – in addition to Alitalia’s Rome (Fiumicino) – Abu Dhabi flight, which began on December 1, 2012 – will be in codeshare with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) (subject to the necessary government approvals), already providing service from Abu Dhabi to Rome and Milan.

The codeshare agreement between Alitalia and Etihad Airways provides 46 code-shared flights operated by the two companies worldwide. Alitalia and Etihad Airways respective flights between Rome, Milan and Venice (as of March 29, 2015) to Abu Dhabi are code-shared, as well as a number of routes departing from Abu Dhabi and from Rome Fiumicino.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 EI-EJJ (msn 1225) Arrives in Rome (Fiumicino).

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Alitalia and Etihad Airways receive European Commission approval for Etihad to save the Italian airline

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has received permission from the European Commission to permit Etihad to acquire a 49 percent share in the Italian carrier for €387.5 million and also implement their strategic partnership. Finally Alitalia has found its savior.

Alitalia and Etihad Airways jointly issued issued this statement:

Alitalia and Etihad Airways are pleased to confirm that they have received merger clearance from the European Commission under EU Regulation No. 139/2004. They can therefore proceed with the proposed strategic partnership announced in August.

Following the completion of its review, the European Commission on Friday (November 14) confirmed that the partnership complies with the European regulations on competition. In line with previous cases, the airlines undertook commitments aimed at facilitating the entry of new airlines on the Rome to Belgrade route.

The parties continue to work together with a view to completing the transaction before the end of the year.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said: “We are delighted to be able to move forward with this process and look forward to a positive outcome and the final conclusion of a our transaction with Alitalia.

“An equity investment in Alitalia will be beneficial not only for the both airlines, but, more importantly, it will give more choice and broader travel opportunities to business and leisure travellers into and out of Italy.”

Gabriele del Torchio, Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia, said: “This is an excellent outcome for Alitalia. This investment will provide financial stability and a foundation for impressive long-term growth for the Company and for the travel and tourism industry in Italy, in which Alitalia is a fundamental player.

Top Copyright Photo: Alitalia’s Airbus A321-112 EI-IXI (msn 494) pushes back from the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport displaying the 1960 retrojet colors.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Both Alitalia and Etihad have painted an Airbus A330 with these promotional Expo Milano 2015 markings.