Category Archives: Alitalia (3rd)

Alitalia to drop the Rome – Beijing route

Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A330-202 I-EJGA (msn 825) FCO (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 938737.

Alitalia (Rome), as part of its cost-cutting strategy, will drop the underperforming Rome (Fiumicino) – Beijing route on March 25. The route is currently being operated four days a week with Airbus A330-200 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A330-202 I-EJGA (msn 825) FCO (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 938737.

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From Reuters: Lufthansa CEO calls for significant cuts at Alitalia

Alitalia's 1960 retrojet

According to a report by Reuters, Lufthansa envisions a need for a significant restructuring at Alitalia before it will entertain a bid for the ailing flag carrier of Italy.

According to Reuters, Lufthansa’s CEO Carsten Spohr stated in a letter to Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda that a “New Alitalia” would be much smaller in size as relating to staff and its fleet if the Lufthansa Group took control of the airline.


The Italian government and Alitalia have not commented on the report.

Copyright Photo: Alitalia (2nd) (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) Airbus A321-112 EI-IXI (msn 494) (1960 logojet) LHR (SPA). Image: 924757.

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Air France-KLM deny reports they have made an offer to take over Alitalia

Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today (January 13, 2018) issued this following statement:

The Air France-KLM group would like to confirm that it has taken no part in the process launched by the Italian authorities to take over Alitalia.

As such, the group has not had access to any confidential information.

Air France-KLM denies having made an offer to take over Alitalia.

Photo: Air France-KLM.

Alitalia to add two new routes from Palermo

Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A319-112 EI-IML (msn 2127) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935812.

Alitalia is planning to add two new routes from Palermo starting on June 1, 2018 according to Airline Route. The carrier will add daily Airbus A319 domestic service from Palermo to both Bologna and Venice.

The carrier is also adding seasonal weekly service from Milan (Linate) to Stockholm (Arlanda) on May 12, 2018.

Copyright Photo: Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A319-112 EI-IML (msn 2127) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935812.

Lufthansa Group submits a concept for establishing a re-structured Alitalia

Alitalia's first Boeing 777-300

The Lufthansa Group submitted an offer letter on October 17, 2017, expressing its interest in establishing a “NewAlitalia”. Lufthansa has opted not to make an offer for the complete Airline but has stated interest in only parts of the Global network traffic and European and domestic point-to-point business.

The offer includes a concept for a newly structured Alitalia with a focused business model (“NewAlitalia”), which could develop long-term economic prospects.

The responsible commissioners have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the details of the offer.

Copyright Photo: Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Boeing 777-3Q8 ER EI-WLA (msn 35783) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 939460.

Etihad Airways and partners raise $500 million in international markets

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), its airport services business and five of its equity partners have successfully completed an innovative new platform financing transaction, raising $500 million on the international markets.

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According to the group, “Etihad Airways, Etihad Airport Services, Airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia and Jet Airways have together taken a new step forward in their strategic business development through this unique fund-raising initiative.”

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The group continued:

“At a series of roadshow meetings, held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and London, the shared vision and strategies of the airlines were laid out to financial institutions. These highlighted the growing network coordination and revenue development initiatives, coupled with joint procurement and business synergy projects, across the airlines.”

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Allocation of the funds raised will be nearly 20 percent each to Etihad Airways, Etihad Airport Services, Airberlin and Alitalia; 16 percent to Jet Airways; and the remainder to Air Serbia and Air Seychelles.

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The funds raised by the transaction will be used largely for capital expenditure and investment in fleet, as well as for refinancing, depending on each individual airline’s needs.

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The transaction marks the first time that Etihad Airways and its partners have raised funds together. To date, Etihad Airways has already raised in excess of $11 billion (US) from more than 80 financial institutions, to help fund its expansion strategy.

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The funds have been raised through a special purpose vehicle, EA Partners IBV. Goldman Sachs International, ADS Securities and Anoa Capital are acting as joint lead book-running managers for the offering.

Copyright Photo: SPA/ Etihad Airways’ Airbus A380-861 A6-APA (msn 166) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Alitalia threatens to shift its Rome Fiumicino hub elsewhere

Alitalia (3rd) (Rome) is upset about the airport’s continued focus of attracting low-cost operators at its Rome Fiumicino (FCO) hub and the current neglect for the infrastructure. The flag carrier is now threatening to move its hub elsewhere. The airline issued this statement about the current situation at FCO:

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The damage to Alitalia by the consequences of the fire which broke out on May 7 at Fiumicino Airport amounted to 80 million Euros to date.

The recent reopening of Terminal 3 has marked the end of the emergency phase but not the end of many problems and limitations that continue have heavy effects on airport operations. Alitalia will calculate the total amount of damages only when the airport will operate at pre-fire standards.

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Alitalia is the only airline to have its hub in Fiumicino. About 50% of the total number of flights in Fiumicino are Alitalia. Alitalia is by far the airline most affected from the consequences of the fire.

“We had a difficult period due to an event that affected us deeply. – declared Silvano Cassano, Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia -. In this period we have given up any controversy and we focused entirely on the service to customers, to reduce the inconvenience.”

Alitalia has completed an initial balance of the damages for the cancellation of thousands of flights and for a multitude of operational problems that have highlighted the fragility of the airport infrastructure as a whole. Alitalia will seek compensation for the damage it sustained, which so far totals 80 million euro.

“Our relaunch plan is complex, and in one of the most competitive sectors in Italy and in the world – continues Cassano – Fiumicino Airport in its current state is not an appropriate infrastructure to serve as the hub of an airline with our ambitions“.

“The problems of Fiumicino come from years and years of inadequate investment and planning and are now structural, we hope there will be less attention to finance and more attention to the market and to passengers needs”.

“If Fiumicino will continue to focus on low cost carriers and mediocre services, Alitalia will be forced to shift its growth elsewhere”.

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Top Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli/ Boeing 777-243 ER EI-DBL (msn 32781) arrives at the FCO hub wears special “Franciacorta” markings as a salute to Alitalia’s Expo 2015 partner.

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