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Alitalia Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A., operating as Alitalia (Italian for Alitalia - Italian Air Company), is an Italian airline, which took over the name, the landing rights, many planes and some other assets from the liquidation process of the old Alitalia-Linee Aeree Italiane and the entire Air One. The company has its head office in Romemarker, Italymarker. Their main hub is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airportmarker, Romemarker.

Headquartered in Romemarker, it operates services to 25 domestic and 48 international destinations in 37 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Alitalia is the world's 19th largest passenger airline by fleet size.


On 26 August 2008 a group of Italian entrepreneurs along with Intesa Sanpaolo, one of the major Italian banks, founded Compagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI) with the aim of buying the trademark and some of the assets of the bankrupt Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane and to merge these with Air One, another Italian carrier.

On 30 October 2008 CAI offered €1,100 million to acquire parts of the bankrupt airline. The offer was submitted to Alitalia's bankruptcy administrator despite refusal by some pilots and flight attendants' unions to agree to the rescue plan. The bankruptcy administrator and the Italian government, major shareholder of Alitalia, agreed to CAI's offer on 19 November 2008. Alitalia's profitable assets were transferred to CAI on 12 December 2008 after CAI paid €1.052 billion ($1.33 billion), consisting of €427 million in cash and the assumption of responsibility for €625 million in Alitalia debt. CAI then bought Air One as well and adopted the Alitalia trademark for the merged company. On 13 January 2009 the new Alitalia re-launched operations.

Air France-KLM shares

On 12 January 2009 the owners of Compagnia Aerea Italiana sold 25% of the company's shares to Air France-KLM for €322 million. Air France-KLM also obtained an option, subject to certain conditions, to purchase additional shares after 2013. The French as well as the Italian boards agreed to the sale.

Finance and load factors

Alitalia revealed that their load factor for the first quarter of 2009 was 51%, around 20% lower than major carriers like Air France, British Airways and Lufthansamarker who all varied from 70-75%.

Second quarter results show Alitalia with an increase in load factors rising from 51% to 65%, a 14% increase.

In the first quarter of 2009, Alitalia announced they had lost €210 million, but in the second quarter they said they had lost €63 million, which shows a decrease in losses.

On 29 July 2009, Alitalia released financial report for their first 6 months of operations. Alitalia is the largest domestic airline in Italymarker, and the third airline for international flights from/to Italy.


Alitalia serve 74 destinations, 25 domestic and 49 international in 37 countries (at November 2009).



The Alitalia fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 8 November 2009):
Alitalia Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Options Passengers
(Business or Magnifica*/Economy)
Notes Livery
Airbus A319-112 12 0 0 126 (variable C/Y seating) 12 - Alitalia
Airbus A320-214 13 0 0 153 (variable C/Y seating) 11 - Alitalia
2 - Volare Airlines
Airbus A320-216 35 30 25 165 (variable C/Y seating) Deliveries to continue until June 2010 26 - Air One
9 - Alitalia
Airbus A321-112 23 0 0 187 (variable C/Y seating) 23 - Alitalia
Airbus A330-202 2 0 0 275 (20/255) Air One
Airbus A330-203 0 12 8 239 (38/201) Entry into service: June 2010 Alitalia
Airbus A350-800 0 12 12 287 (??/???) Entry into service: 2014 12 - Alitalia
Boeing 737-300 1 0 0 148 (0/148) Replacement aircraft: Airbus A320 1 - Air One
Boeing 737-400 12 0 0 162 (0/162) Replacement aircraft: Airbus A320 12 - Air One
Boeing 767-300ER 6 0 0 232 (20/212) Replacement aircraft: Airbus A330-200 5 - Alitalia
1 - SkyTeam
Boeing 777-200ER 10 0 0 291 (42/249) 4 leased from GECAS 10 - Alitalia
Bombardier CRJ-900 10 0 0 90 (0/90) 10 - Air One CityLiner
Embraer E-170 6 0 0 72 (0/72) 6 - Alitalia Express
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 19 0 0 141 (variable C/Y seating)
164 (0/164)
Being phased out
Replacement aircraft: Airbus A320
19 - Alitalia
Total 149 54 45 Last updated: 8 November 2009 101 - Alitalia
6 - Alitalia Express
45 - Air One
10 - Air One CityLiner
2 - Volare Airlines
1 - SkyTeam

*Note: Magnifica is the name of the Business Class offered on wide-body aircraft

Club Magnifica enhancement

Starting in November 2009, Alitalia will begin to upgrade their Club Magnifica class on all aircraft. The upgrade will consist of:
  • New catering (regionally focused, including a new selected wine and spumante list which changes every month and in consultation with Italian Sommelier Association)
  • New blankets / duvets / cushions / linens by Ferrette
  • New amenity kits by Culti
  • New china by Richard Ginori

Image:Alitalia.a319-100.i-bimd.arp.jpg|An Alitalia Airbus A319-112 landing at London Heathrow Airportmarker, Englandmarker. (2007)Image:Alitalia.a320-200.i-bikc.arp.jpg|An Alitalia Airbus A320-214 takes off from London Heathrow Airportmarker, Englandmarker. (2007)Image:alitalia.a321-100.i-bixk.arp.jpg|An Alitalia Airbus A321-112 landing at London Heathrow Airportmarker, Englandmarker. (2007)Image:MD80-CX.JPG|An Alitalia McDonnell Douglas MD-82 taxiing at Ruzyně Airportmarker, Czech Republicmarker. (2005)


The airline's frequent flyer program is named "MilleMiglia", and is part of the SkyTeam alliance program, allowing passengers to collect miles and redeem them with free tickets across the whole alliance.


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