Alitalia and Etihad Airways today (June 25) confirmed that they have agreed the principal terms and conditions of a proposed transaction whereby Etihad Airways will acquire a 49 percent equity stake in Alitalia.
The airlines will now move to finalize the transactional documents, that will include the agreed upon conditions, as soon as possible. The conclusion of the investment is subject to final regulatory approvals.
Alitalia will become the latest equity partner airline for Etihad Airways. Are there more partnerships coming, especially in Europe?
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Airbus A330-202 EI-EJG (msn 1123) in the special promotional Calabria livery prepares to touch down in Toronto (Pearson).
Alitalia’s (2nd) (Rome) CEO stated upwards of 2,200 jobs could be cut as a result of a planned alliance with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) as reported today by the La Repubblica newspaper and this report by Reuters. The report also states Etihad Airways is not flexible on this amount of job cuts.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. A lingering question is Alitalia’s role in the SkyTeam alliance when Etihad Airways makes its investment in the flag carrier. Will it leave the alliance? Airbus A330-202 EI-DIR (msn 272) in the SkyTeam motif arrives at Toronto (Pearson).
Aer Lingus (Dublin) yesterday (April 2) launched its inaugural flight to San Francisco. The flight, flight EI 147, was assigned to an Airbus A330-200 (EI-DUO) named St. Columba,
Aer Lingus will operate five flights per week from Dublin to San Francisco as part of its significant trans-Atlantic growth plan in 2014.
The 2014 growth plan includes:
· New routes from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto (Pearson)
· Almost doubling of frequency on services from Shannon to Boston and New York (JFK)
· The addition of three Boeing 757 aircraft to the long haul fleet
Top Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 EI-DUO (msn 841) taxies at Shannon.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. EI-DUO arrives at SFO on the inaugural flight.
Iraqi Airways (Baghdad), the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. This will be the first Airbus widebody aircraft to be operated by Iraqi Airways. The carrier already operates two A321 aircraft. A330-202 YI-AQY (msn 1339) was formally handed over on November 30. This aircraft was originally destined for AirAsia X. The airline has been in desperate need of modern aircraft.
Accommodating a two-class configuration of 24 business and 264 economy seats, the aircraft is powered by GE CF6-80 engines and will be deployed on European routes including Germany, Austria and the UK.
According to ATW, “Investigators examining the Afriqiyah Airways A330-200 crash are expected to focus on faulty landing aids and the pilots being blinded by the sun as possible causes.
ATWOnline has learned that Runway 09, to which the aircraft was headed, does not have an ILS and the VOR navigational aid was suffering from interference. Pilots were warned in a NOTAM that “interference from signal being experienced during current airport development work. VOR should be used with caution.”
The aircraft was landing to the east and crashed just as the sun was rising, leading to suspicions that the pilots may have been blinded by sunlight to possible errors in their approach and height caused by problems with the landing aids. The aircraft’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders both have been recovered.”
Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.
Jetstar Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has opted for the higher gross weight model for its new Airbus A330-200s on order. This could permit the lower-cost carrier to fly to Europe before the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners arrive in 2013.