|Founded||February 19, 2018|
|Commenced operations||March 1, 2018|
|Focus cities||Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport|
(Part of Avios Loyalty program)
|Parent company||AQA Holding|
|Headquarters||Olbia, Sassari, Italy|
AIR ITALY S.p.A., operating as Air Italy is a privately owned Italian airline, headquartered in Olbia. The airline is the second largest airline in Italy, following Alitalia (Italy's flag carrier). The airline is a subsidiary of AQA Holding, owned by Alisarda (51%) and Qatar Airways (49%). It operates scheduled flights to domestic European and intercontinental destinations. The airlines main hub is at Milan–Malpensa Airport with a focus city at Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport.
On 19 February 2018, AQA Holding announced the official rebranding of Meridiana to Air Italy at a press conference in Milan. The plan was to merge the former Meridiana subsidiary, Air Italy (which was part of Meridiana Brand) to create a new Italian airline that is needed for Italy as Air Italy's competitor Alitalia is currently bankrupt. The new plans for the airline include a new airport lounge, new destinations, redesigned cabins, and the future[clarification needed] of the airline. The panel also stated that Qatar Airways will have a Codeshare agreement with the airline. Also the airline have announced that they have experienced some interest on joining Oneworld. All official branding and business took effect from March 1, 2018.
On 1 March 2018, Air Italy officially commenced operation. Meridiana IATA and ICAO code merged to Air Italy. Meridiana website relaunched to airitaly.com as of the rebranding. For now the airline current fleet will still use the Meridiana livery but the new aircraft the airline has purchased will use the new Air Italy livery & new cabin experience.
On 17 April 2018, Air Italy & Qatar airways official began their planned codeshare from selected flights from both short & long haul flights. On 18 April 2018, Air Italy introduced Neil Mills as Chief Operating Officer (COO) after working with the recently bankrupt airline Air Berlin. On 22 April 2018, Air Italy official announced the first Boeing 737 MAX 8 with the new Air Italy Livery. On 30 April 2018, Air Italy introduced Rossen Dimitrov as Chief Customer Experience Officer (CCEO).
On 11 May 2018, Air Italy executives were joined with Boeing executives at Boeing's Everett Delivery Centre in Seattle, for the delivery of the first Italian Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Air Italy. On 14 May 2018, A large welcoming ceremony was held to welcome the new aircraft. New Uniforms for Crew Members were also introduced.
On 1 June 2018, Air Italy successfully began the launch of it's route from Milan–Malpensa Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport, this flight also marked the launch of its new setback entertainment platform, onboard amenities and meals services.
AQA Holding is the parent company of Air Italy, which was founded on 2 September 2017 after Qatar Airways purchased a 49% stake in Meridiana, with Alisarda keeping the 51% stake that it previously owned, which subsequently created the new holding company. Previously, AQA Holdings owned the Italian Airline Meridiana and all of its assets including the previous Air Italy (2005–2018). These owned assets were merged to form the brand new Air Italy.
- Meridiana Maintenance S.p.A (operated as Meridiana Maintenance). The airline maintenance company was founded after Meridiana merged with eurofly (another Italian airline). Their hanger is located at Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport in Olbia, Italy next to the Air Italy Head Offices.
- Wokita S.i.r (operated as Wokita) is another subsidiary Air Italy owns. Wokita is a tour operator that offers a wide and extensive range of tourism products such as package tours, flights, hotels and resorts in seaside areas, yachting and activity holidays since 2006.
- Air Italy Fleet Management company is another subsidiary, temporarily created company (formerly the original Air Italy) will only be in service until all the original Meridiana fleet (Boeing B737-700, B737-800, B767-300ER) aircraft lease is expired.
The airlines livery is a modern white fuselage with the airline logo across the fuselage in a billboard style livery. It also includes a collage of the maroon and mint green letter Y taken from the logo, on the vertical fin. The letter Y is also present on the aircraft engines. The Air Italy logo is designed with maroon and mint green colors. The colours are loosely based on the maroon from the Qatar Airways logo. The airline has a specialty design Y looking somewhat similar to a bird.
Air Italy operates to 31 destinations in Europe, Africa and North America. Air Italy aims to fly more than 50 year-round routes by 2022 stated in the airlines 5-year plan. The airline operates most of its flights out their main hub at Milan–Malpensa Airport and a second operation network out of their focus city at Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport.
Air Italy has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
As of May 2018, the Air Italy fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A330-200||2||3||24||236||260||To be replaced by Boeing 787-8 by 2019.|
|Boeing 737-700||1||—||—||149||149||To be replaced by Boeing 737 MAX 8.|
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||2||18||12||174||186||Italian launch customer.|
|Boeing 767-300ER||2||—||12||276||288||To be phased-out by 2019.|
|Boeing 787-8||—||30||TBA||EIS in May 2019. Replacing Airbus A330-200 starting in 2019|
Short and medium haul aircraft features Business class, in a 3-3 layout with the middle seat blocked and Economy class in the same layout. Short haul aircraft are not equipped with In-flight entertainment, although Passengers can use In flight WiFi for free to stream movies etc on their own personal devices.
Business class on long-haul aircraft are fitted with flat bed seats in a 2-2-2 layout, each seat is fitted with In-flight entertainment operated through Personal on-demand entertainment systems. Passengers can explore a wide variety of Movies and TV Shows, available in both Italian and English. Older aircraft do not offer any seat back entertainment but instead offer overhead entertainment, although passengers in business class receive iPads with entertainment installed to the tablet. On International flights a new Amenity Kit (furnished by Italian brands Fedon and Acca Kappa) and designer pajamas and slippers are given to business class passengers. The Economy cabin is fitted with slimline seats in a 2-4-2 layout, each seat is fitted with In-flight entertainment operated through Personal on-demand seat-back entertainment systems.
Air Italy's in flight magazine is named Atmosphere inherited from its predecessor. The magazine available for all passengers on any Air Italy flight.
Air Italy's frequent-flyer program is named Meridiana Club inherited from its precedecessor. Customers can use Meridiana Club points on partner airlines British Airways and Iberia, points can also be used on partner car rental and partner hotels. Meridiana Club also works with Avios points.
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