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Arkefly shortens its name to just Arke

Arkefly (named after the largest Dutch tour operator, Arke) (Amsterdam) was reborn on April 21, 2005 after Dutch TUI took over the assets of bankrupt HollandExel (formerly Air Holland) and renamed it Arkefly. The first aircraft was painted in the TUI color scheme on May 31, 2005 at Maastricht.

Arkefly has now shortened its name to just Arke after its owner. As part of this rebranding, the fleet is also getting this new red, white and blue TUI color scheme. All of the aircraft will have this new look by the end of 2014.

Arke now flies to 65 destinations worldwide. You can book a flight to the Caribbean, the United States, Dubai and other destinations around the Mediterranean. Arke flies the Boeing 737-800 and the Boeing 767-300 (above). From July 2014, Arke will fly the Boeing 787 to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-304 ER PH-OYI (msn 29138) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

Arkefly: AG Slide Show

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TUIfly to add long-haul Caribbean routes from Hamburg

TUIfly (TUIfly.com) (Hannover) will launch new long-haul leisure routes from Hamburg in November to the Caribbean. According to Airline Route, twice-weekly flights will be started to Barbados on November 22, Cancun on November 2, La Romana on November 29 and Punta Cana on November 1. The four new routes will be flown by TUI partner airline Arkefly (Amsterdam) Boeing 767-300s.

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Arkefly: AG Slide Show

TUIfly: AG Slide Show

 

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.