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Air One
AirOneLogo.png
IATA
AP
ICAO
ADH
Callsign
HERON
Founded 1983
Hubs Malpensa Airport
Focus cities Milan Linate Airport
Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport
Turin International Airport
Venice Marco Polo Airport
Frequent flyer program MilleMiglia
Alliance SkyTeam
Fleet size 45 (+87 orders, 20 options)
Destinations 25
Parent company Compagnia Aerea Italiana
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Key people
Website http://www.flyairone.it

Air One S.p.A., a part of Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A which is the airline now known as Alitalia, is an airline based in Rome, Italy. It operates a high-frequency scheduled network to 36 destinations in Italy, Europe and North America. 2007 revenues totaled EUR750 million ($1,032 million USD) with a net profit of EUR6.8 million ($9.4 million USD).

Regional destinations are served under the name Air One CityLiner with the brand new fleet of Bombardier CRJ-900's.

Its main bases are Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Linate Airport in Milan and Turin International Airport[1], all equipped with a dedicated Air One Lounge named Sala Welcome.

As of 31 December 2008, Air One is part of Compagnia Aerea Italiana (CAI), which has taken over Alitalia and Air One as one whole company.

Even though the official airline name is pronounced in the English way, "Airone" in Italian means heron, which is the company logo.

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History

Air One Airbus A320 EI-DSR at Zurich, May 2008

Air One began life as Aliadriatica which was established in Pescara in 1983 to operate as a flying school and provide air-taxi services and later regional scheduled services. With the acquisition of its first Boeing 737-200 in June 1994, Aliadriatica started scheduled and charter operations. On 23 November 1995, the new name Air One was adopted and the airline began operating scheduled flights between Rome and Milan. In 1996, the first full year of operations, 713,000 passengers were carried and the airline expanded rapidly thereafter. In 2000 Air One announced a partnership with Lufthansa and nearly all Air One flights are code-shared with Lufthansa.

In June 2006, Air One CityLiner was launched as a regional subsidiary[1]; in 2007, Air One carried approximately 5.5 million passengers (scheduled and charter), thus becoming the second largest Italian airline in terms of passenger traffic.

In August 2008, it was announced that Air One was to be merged with Alitalia.[2] On 13 January 2009, Air One officially became part of Alitalia, though the two airlines will be combined into one over time. A detailed integration plan has yet to be announced.

On March 28, 2009, due to the merger with Alitalia, the cooperation between Lufthansa's Miles & More and Air One ended.[3]

On June 28, 2009, also due to the Alitalia merger, the partnerships with United Airlines' Mileage Plus program and Air Canada's Aeroplan program ended.[4]

Destinations

Codeshares

Air One Boeing 737-400 taxiing at Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain. (2006)

Air One codeshares with the following airlines[5]:

Fleet

The Air One fleet includes the following aircraft (as of October 2009) [1]:

Air One Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers Routes Notes
Airbus A320-200 32 48 159 (12/147) Domestic/International short-medium haul 6 new and subsequent aircraft are/will be in Alitalia Livery
Airbus A330-200 2 12 8 275 (20/255) International long haul 2 leased
New aircraft purchased by Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited.
Entry into service: June 2010
will be painted in Alitalia Livery
Airbus A350-800 12 12 287 (??/???) International long haul New aircraft purchased by Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited.
Entry into service: 2014
will be painted in Alitalia Livery
Avro RJ70 1 70 (0/70) Short haul wet leased from Transwede Airways.
Boeing 737-300 3 148 (0/148) Domestic/International short-medium haul All 3 leased
Replacement aircraft: Airbus A320
Boeing 737-400 14 162 (0/162) Domestic/International short-medium haul All 14 leased
Replacement aircraft: Airbus A320
Total 46 72 20

Air One was purchased by CAI, the new Alitalia on Wednesday 31 December 2008. With the new Alitalia set to start on January 13, 2009, the fleets of the old Alitalia and Air One will be combined and consolidated so the most efficient planes and routes are exploited. That being said, orders previously committed may change and the sale of some aircraft types is projected. It has not yet been established under whose IATA ticketing code (AZ) Alitalia and (AP) Air One will be flying after the merger.

  • In January 2006 the airline signed a contract with Airbus for 30 Airbus A320s and 60 options, reportedly worth $1.8 billion at list prices, to replace the carrier's leased fleet of Boeing 737-400s[6].
  • In May 2006, it has placed an order for 6 Canadair CRJ-900 along with options on a further 4 aircraft.
  • The airline has received the first of three Avro RJ70 aircraft wet leased from Transwede Airways.
  • White Eagle Aviation, of Poland, acquired a single ATR 42 on lease and placed it into service on a long-term Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) contract with Air One flying domestic Italian passenger routes[7].
  • In February 2007 Air One announced the conversion of 10 Airbus A320 options into firm orders, bringing its total order for the type to 40 firm, as well as 25 options and 25 purchase rights[8].
  • In May 2007 the airline announced the conversion of options and purchase rights for 50 Airbus A320s into firm orders, bringing its commitment to the type to 90 aircraft. By 2012 Air One expects to operate flights to 35 destinations in Europe, rather than 9 currently[9].
  • In June 2008 the airline has ordered 24 planes from Airbus for 4.8 billion dollars. Air One also had an option to buy another 20 planes for 3.8 billion dollars, Carlo Toto told a news conference. The order of the 24 planes includes 12 A330s and 12 A350s [2]

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