Alitalia Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A.
operating as Alitalia
for Alitalia - Italian Air
), 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 Rome, Italy.
hub is Leonardo da
Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome.
Headquartered in Rome, 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
, one of the major
Italian banks, founded Compagnia Aerea Italiana
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
of the company's shares to Air
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
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 Lufthansa 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
Italy, and the third airline for international flights
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
*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:
Alitalia Airbus A319-112 landing at
- 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
Alitalia Airbus A320-214 takes off
from London Heathrow
Alitalia Airbus A321-112 landing at
(2007)Image:MD80-CX.JPG|An Alitalia McDonnell Douglas MD-82 taxiing at
The airline's frequent flyer
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