Meridiana, Italy’s long established privately
owned airline, has entered a new phase of growth and
development with a new identity as Air Italy.
owns 49% of AQA Holding, the new parent company
of Air Italy, while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda has 51%.
aims to have approximately 50 aircraft by 2022 and is already
committed to receiving 20 of the brand new Boeing 737-Max aircraft
type from April 2018, over the next three years.
Air Italy will
also receive five Airbus A330-200 aircraft this year from the
Qatar Airways’ fleet, prior to these being further replaced by
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, commencing May 2019.
destinations will also be expanded with new
long-range routes from Milan to New York and Miami already
announced, followed by new short-haul
routes connecting Milan and the airline’s long range destinations to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania and Lamezia Terme.
plans include strengthening the short-range network to
improve connectivity and launching the first long-range
destination from Rome Fiumicino in 2019. Air Italy aims to fly
more than 50 year-round routes by 2022.
Meridiana’s Chairman, Francesco Violante, said, “Air Italy
has an ambition to reach a goal of transporting 10 million
passengers per year by 2022 traveling to, from and via Italy. We
expect more than 8 million of these to use Milan Malpensa airport.
In support of this ambition, there is a great need to develop new
skills and competences amongst our people and for all to embrace
change as a fantastic opportunity. I wholeheartedly support this
Meridiana has carried more than 100 million
passengers to date as full-service carrier, operating both
short-haul and long-haul flights. The company has more than 1,400
dedicated employees, maintains codeshare partnerships with some airlines, and is a full member of IATA and the largest
airline at Olbia Costa Smeralda airport.