Category Archives: Meridiana

Meridiana retires its last two Airbus A320s

Meridiana (Olbia) has retired its last two Airbus A320 aircraft according to ch-aviation. The company has been moving to Boeing for its narrow body needs.

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

On May 3, 1991 the name was changed to Meridiana.

At the end of February 2010, the name Meridiana fly was launched, the second largest carrier in Italy, with the merger of two air transport players: Eurofly, a company specializing 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 acquired the assets of Air Italy, a chartered Italian carrier which definitively joined the Group and now operates connections on behalf of Meridiana.

After rebranding, starting in March 2013, the company has eliminated the trademark Air Italy and the suffix of Meridiana fly by replacing it with just “Meridiana”.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 EI-EZS (msn 1823) holds short of the runway at Palma de Mallorca.

Meridiana aircraft slide show:

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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.