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Alitalia SAI sells the brand to ITA for 90 million euros

ITA has acquired the Alitalia brand and domain.

Today, the public offer procedure concerning the Alitalia Spa brand and the domain http://www.Alitalia.com has been concluded.

The new Italian flag carrier, ITA Spa, was awarded the Alitalia brand and domain for 90 million euros.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

Goodbye: Alitalia is set to fly its last flight today amid union turmoil

Alitalia, which has been in bankruptcy protection since 2017 and failed to produce a profit since 2008, will operate its last flight today. It will be replaced by ITA starting tomorrow.

A strike by unhappy employees has led to the cancellation of more than 100 flights this week.

Alitalia issued this statement:

For Monday, October 11, some trade unions proclaimed a 24-hour strike of Air Transport. Alitalia was therefore forced to cancel a series of flights, both domestic and international, scheduled for that day.

As a result of the flight cancellations on 11 October due to the 24-hour strikes, the Company was also forced to cancel some connections on 10 and 12 October 2021.

To limit the inconvenience of passengers, Alitalia has activated an extraordinary plan that provides for the use of more capacious aircraft on domestic and international routes, with the aim of rebooking travelers involved in cancellations on the first flights available on the day.

Alitalia invites all travelers who have purchased a ticket to fly on October 11 – and also on the evening of October 10 and in the early morning of October 12 – to check the status of their flight, before going to the airport, on the alitalia.com website, by calling the toll-free number 800.65.00.55 (from Italy) or the number +39.06.65649 (from abroad), or by contacting the travel agency where they purchased the ticket.

Passengers who have purchased an Alitalia ticket to travel on 11 October (and also on the evening of 10 and in the early morning of 12 October), in case of cancellation of their flight, will be able to change their reservation or request a refund of the ticket without any penalty until 14 October 2021. The trip must be completed by October 14, 2021.

And this statement:

We inform you that due to the current union mobilizations and the simultaneous commitment to professional training at the new airline of part of the crew may occur inconveniences in the provision of Alitalia services.

We also advise passengers to present themselves at boarding with only one hand luggage of the size allowed to contain the waiting time for return to their destination and to check the status of the flight on alitalia.com before going to the airport.

We apologize to passengers for any inconvenience caused.

The last flight is scheduled to operate from Cagliari, Sardinia to Rome (Fiumicino).

ITA will not, for now, use the Alitalia name. An auction to sell the name ended with no bids. ITA stated the starting price was too high.

ITA is the not the economic successor to Alitalia as it will not be encumbered with Alitalia’s debt.

There are also a lot of disgruntled Alitalia employees who have not been hired by ITA.

From the Wall Street Journal via MarketWatch:


From CNN:


Alitalia aircraft slide show:

The rise and fall of Alitalia

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From CNN:

“Ciao ciao, Alitalia.
Italy’s storied flag carrier has announced it will no longer issue tickets, triggering a countdown of just a few weeks until its familiar red and green livery vanishes from our skies for good.
The nationally owned airline is to be replaced in October by ITA, a smaller company with a different logo, but the service which once carried Italian pride, style and cuisine — not to mention the Pope — to all corners of the planet will be long gone.”
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Alitalia history highlights (from Alitalia):
The first flight takes off
On May 5, 1947, Alitalia-Aereolinee Italiane Internazionali operated its first flight on the Turin-Rome-Catania route with a Fiat G-12.
In July of the same year, it made its first international flight from Rome to Oslo with a Savoia Marchetti SM95 aircraft with 38 passengers on board.

The first Alitalia flight attendants, dressed in uniforms designed by Sorelle Fontana, made their first flights. The four-engine DC4 entered service. The airline began serving hot meals that made the Company one of the carriers most preferred by international travelers.


Alitalia merged with LAI and became Alitalia – Linee Aeree Italiane with 3000 employees and a fleet of 37 aircraft.
In the international airline company rankings, Alitalia jumped from 20th to 12th place.


Alitalia was the official carrier of the Rome Olympics and for the first time carried more than 1 million passengers in one year. The first jets entered service, the new Leonardo da Vinci airport in Fiumicino was opened and Alitalia transferred its operations base here.


Alitalia modified its logo and aircraft livery: the “Winged Arrow” was replaced by the tri-color “A”.
The Boeing 747 jumbo jet entered service and Alitalia became the first European airline company to fly with an “all jet” fleet.


It was now possible to fly nonstop for more than 12,000 km with MD11, a new three-engine jet. Giorgio Armani designed new uniforms and he also collaborated in the design of the interiors of the new aircraft.
The MilleMiglia Program was launched.


Alitalia Linee Aeree Italiane became part of the SkyTeam Alliance, joining Air France, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air, Aeromexico and CSA Czech Airlines. The modern and efficient twin-engine B777 replaced the glorious B 747s on the long-haul routes.


On 13 January, Alitalia – Compagnia Aerea Italiana operated its first flight. The company took over the goods, infrastructures and personnel from Alitalia – Linee Aeree Italiane and absorbed Air One, creating a single airline, leader in Italy.

Alitalia logo history:

Top Copyright Photo: Alitalia (1st) (Linee Aeree Italiane) Boeing 747-243B I-DEMU (msn 19732) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 102781.

Alitalia aircraft slide show:


Alitalia will no longer sell any tickets from October 15, ITA to take over

Alitalia has officially announced the end of operations with this statement:

Alitalia under Extraordinary Administration from midnight August 24, will no longer sell tickets for flights from October 15, 2021.

At the same time, it will send a prompt and direct communication, via e-mail, to customers who have purchased flights departing from October 15. The note includes instructions for managing tickets. In order to ensure full consumer protection, it will be possible to replace the flight with another equivalent operated by Alitalia by October 14; otherwise full refund of the ticket will also be possible.

The communication campaign responds to the Company’s desire to manage the situation in a clear and transparent way, safeguarding consumers.

ITA (the new Alitalia) receives its AOC, will start operations on October 15

ITA – Italia Trasporto Aereo on August 16, 2021 started operating test flights using Airbus A330-202 EI-EJN as the AOC proving aircraft.
The new airline has completed the certification process for obtaining its AOC – Air Operators Certificate and Transport Passengers License.
The new airline will take over the current Alitalia SAI on October 15, 2021.
ITA received “ITY” as the new ICAO code for operations. In the future, ITA will apply for the brand of Alitalia that the commissars intend to sell off with an open competition, as the EU commission dictated for allowing ITA to take off.
ITA cannot buy the current Alitalia frequent flyer program, Millemiglia Loyalty, with 6.1 million members and over 45 billions miles collected from frequent travelers.  The question mark for the future are several:
Rome Fiumicino will be the main focus city for long-haul. Milan Linate will be the main focus city for European flights.
Currently Alitalia is serving only New York JFK and Tokyo Haneda on long-haul.
What will be the routes for ITA?
52 jets are the core of start-up fleet, growing to over 80 in the next year with the arrival of new deliveries.
Alliance membership
Currently Alitalia is in the SkyTeam alliance with a code share agreement with Delta Air Lines.
ITA will continue this way and will search for an agreement with Air France – KLM and Virgin Atlantic or switch to Lufthansa, leaving the SkyTeam Alliance and joining the Star Alliance.
This morning the ENAC – Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (Italian CAA) issued this statement:
ITA can take off: ENAC issues the air operator certificate and the air transport license to the new national company.
ENAC, the National Civil Aviation Authority, issued today – August 18, 2021, the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and the Air Transport Operating License to the company ITA (Italy Transport Air).
“ITA can take off – said the President of the National Civil Aviation Authority, State Attorney Pierluigi Di Palma. The hope is that the new national reference company will contribute to the restart of the sector, making a decisive contribution to overcoming the difficulties arising from the pandemic crisis. ENAC will continue in its institutional and technical task to ensure the operational start-up of ITA, ensuring compliance with public interests and the rights of passengers which are essential elements of the air transport business. “
Alessio Quaranta, Director General of ENAC, also points out that “The release of the AOC certifies that the airline has the professional capacity and business organization necessary to ensure the operation of its aircraft in safe conditions. The aircraft operator license constitutes the final provision relating to the legal-administrative and economic-financial, as well as technical-operational checks.
With the possession of the AOC and the aircraft operator license, the company can start the sale of tickets”.
Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

Alitalia Cargo lifts 1 million vaccine doses from Italy to El Salvador

Alitalia Boeing 777 cargo flight landed in San Salvador, El Salvador at 1:55 pm on July 26, 2021 with one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China.

Alitalia flight number AZ9460 operated by Boeing 777-243ER EI-DDH. It returned as AZ9461 the following day to Milan Malpensa.

A few weeks ago Alitalia Cargo operated a similar cargo flight from Milan Malpensa to Port of Spain for delivery vaccines to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

Alitalia flies home the Italian football team from London as the winner of Euro 2020

This morning, Alitalia Airbus A319-112 EI-IMC flew home the Italian football team for the UEFA Euro 2020 championship (played in 2021). Italy defeated England for the championship.

Alitalia flight AZ9001 took off from Luton Airport at 3:02 am and landed at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 6:03 am.

Photo: Alitalia. The cup is pictured in the middle seat 1E. Coach Roberto Mancini is in seat 1D, and team manager Gabriele Oriali in seat 1F.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

Alitalia to resume flights to Brazil and Argentina from mid-December

On December 15, 2020 Alitalia will resume non-stop services from Rome to Sao Paulo and inaugurate the codeshare agreement with Brazilian airline Gol; flights from Rome to Buenos Aires will begin on December 19, 2020.

Scheduled services ro Brazil and Argentina will be operated on a weekly basis and will mark not only the resumption, after about nine months, of a regular direct air connection between Italy and the two South American countries, but they will also guarantee greater opportunities for carrying goods between Europe and South America, thanks to the load capacity of 20 tons (in 80 cubic meters of space) of the bellies of the Alitalia Boeing 777-200ER aircraft which will fly on the two routes.

In detail, services to and from Brazil will restart from December 15 with departure from Rome Fiumicino airport at 10:05 pm and arrival at the Sao Paulo-Guarulhos airport at 6:25 am (local time) the following day. From Sao Paulo, the Alitalia Boeing will take off for the first time on  December 17 at 4:05 pm (local time) and land in Rome Fiumicino at 7:15 am the next morning. Departures from Rome will be every Tuesday and from Sao Paulo every Thursday.

With the resumption of operations in Brazil, a codeshare agreement with the Brazilian airline Gol will also be launched. The commercial agreement will offer will offer passengers the possibility to travel to 39 other Brazilian destinations (including, for example, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Recife, Salvador) thanks to the flights operated by Gol to and from Sao Paulo airport in connection with the Alitalia flight to and from Rome.

Services to and from Argentina will restart from December 19 with departure from Rome Fiumicino airport at 9:50 pm and arrival at the Buenos Aires-Ezeiza airport at 8 am (local time) the following day. From Buenos Aires, the Alitalia Boeing will take off for the first time on  December 21 at 2:05 pm (local time) and land in Rome Fiumicino at 7 am the next morning. Departures from Rome will be every Saturday and from Buenos Aires every Monday.

With the resumption of these two routes to South America, Alitalia will serve three intercontinental destinations with scheduled flights: Buenos Aires, New York and Sao Paulo.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

How the new Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA will replace the current Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana

Newco, which replaced the current Alitalia, is now on the scene in Italy.

Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA (Alitalia 4th) was born on Friday, October 9, 2020 when four Italian ministers signed the constitution act: Roberto Gualtieri (economy), Stefano Patuanelli (economic development), Nunzia Catalfo (labor) and Paola De Micheli ( transport and infrastructure) cleared the new airline company with Chairman Francesco Caio (currently chairman at Saipem in the oil & gas world business) and Fabio Maria Lazzerini as CEO, at this time chief business officer in Alitalia SAI.

Italia Trasporto Aereo will start operations with 20 million € investment capital and will shortly get 3 billion € from Italy‘s Government.
The head office will be in Rome and take over the current Alitalia SAI in AS.
Paola De Micheli choose the motto for Italia Trasporto Aereo as “bring Italy to the world”.
Above: Left: Fabio Maria Lazzerini is the CEO and chief business officer of the current Alitalia.

Right: Francesco Caio is the new appointed chairman of Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA and is still the Saipem SpA oil and gas company chairman.
In the past weeks, Fabio Maria Lazzerini was designed CEO on June 29, 2020, told about a month ago in an audit to the low chamber transport commission;
The new airline was pushed to be set up from current Alitalia SAI in AS by commissar Giuseppe Leogrande. In a speech last Wednesday in the low chamber transport and infrastructure commission said “we urge to have the new airline soon in business for our workers families”.
“The current Alitalia is in business for carrying and continuing to fly people inside the country, In Europe and to New York with responsible management for operating as most cost effective is possible and reducing to minimum the losses. In the first 9 months have seen -1.7 billion € in gross profits and in August carried about 650,000 people on 7,619 (-57%) flights flown and only 319 million € of tickets and services sold. Low demand times of this year were in April with only 47,000 flyers carried on 1,490 flights and only 20 million € of business in ticket sold. In February 2020 Alitalia carried 1,363,000 people on 13,521 flights.”
Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

Alitalia converts more wide bodies to freighters

In the past weeks, Alitalia SAI, has decided to switch from passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft including its Boeing 777-300 ER registered as EI-WLA for Alitalia Cargo. The aircraft flies beside to Boeing 777-200 ER EI-ISD modified some months ago.

EI-WLA operated its first service from New York (JFK) to Milan (Malpensa) as flight AZ9453 on October 10.

On October 2, flying from Rome Fiumicino to Delhi, the 777 carried 53,626 kilograms establishing a record with freight in pallets.
Alitalia Cargo also operates to Mumbai and Delhi with fully cargo rotations.
Top photo by Alitalia. All others by Aeroporti di Roma.
Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.