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Compagnia Aerea Italiana
Founded 22 August 2008
Commenced operations 13 January 2009
Hubs Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport
Focus cities
Frequent flyer program MilleMiglia
Member lounge Club Freccia Alata
Welcome Air One
Sky Team Elite
Alliance SkyTeam
Subsidiaries Volare Airlines
Fleet size 149 (+54 orders)
Destinations 80 in 40 countries
Parent company CAI (75%)
Air France-KLM (25%)
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Key people Roberto Colaninno (Chairman)
Rocco Sabelli (CEO)

Alitalia — Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A. (Italian for Alitalia - Italian Air Company), operating as Alitalia, 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.[1] Their main hub is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome.

Headquartered in Rome, it operates services to 26 domestic and 54 international destinations in 39 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Alitalia is the world's 19th largest passenger airline by fleet size. Its fleet operates under five separate Air Operator Certificates due to the CAI merger: Alitalia-CAI (Alitalia) [IATA Code AZ], CAI-First (Alitalia Express) [IATA Code XM], CAI-Second (Volare) [IATA Code VE], Air One and Air One CityLiner [IATA Code AP].



The interior of an Alitalia McDonnell Douglas MD-82 cabin. (2006)

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.[2][3]

On 13 January 2009 the new Alitalia re-launched operations.

In January 2010, Alitalia celebrated its first birthday since the relaunch. It carried 22 million passengers in its first year of operations and hopes to increase this number in 2010.[4]

On 1 February 2010, it was announced that Alitalia crew will go on a four hour strike over wages. This was the first strike action for Alitalia since the relaunch. Alitalia said this is ok as it is only a four hour strike and the only strike for 13 months of operations and also said that the company is still making great progress and should break even by 2011.[5]

In February 2010, Alitalia announced that, starting from the summer season, it will use Air One as a "low-fare" airline, with operations based in Milan Malpensa, focused mainly on national and holiday international routes. With initially 5 airplanes (A320), and 10 by 2012, Alitalia hopes to carry 3 million passengers in 2012 from Milan Malpensa (compared to 1.5 in 2009), of which 2.4 million will be carried by the new Air One. The new website is, but the tickets are available from as well, starting at 25€ one way[6].


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.[7]

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 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.[8]

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.[9]

On 29 July 2009, Alitalia released financial report for their first 6 months of operations.[10] Alitalia is the largest domestic airline in Italy, and the third airline for international flights from/to Italy.[11]

In the second semester of 2009, a break-even situation was announced, with losses for 2009 therefore amounting to approximately 270 million euros, most accumulated in the first quarter of the year. The load factor was up to 74% in the summer season while the year average amounts to about 65%. Rocco Sabelli, the CEO, said that he expects an 'uphill struggle' for 2010 while a return to profit should be possible by 2011, in line with plans.[12]


Alitalia serves 80 destinations, 26 domestic and 54 international, in 39 countries (at February 2010)[13].



The Alitalia fleet (Including all 5 AOC's) consists of the following aircraft (at 1 March 2010):[14][15]

Alitalia Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Options Passengers
(Business or Magnifica*/Economy)
Notes Livery
Airbus A319-100 12 0 0 126 or 138 (variable C/Y seating) 12 - Alitalia
Airbus A320-200 48 30 25 165 (variable C/Y seating)
180 (0/180) (Air One a/c)
38 - Alitalia
10 - Air One
Airbus A321-100 23 0 0 187 or 200 (variable C/Y seating) 23 - Alitalia
Airbus A330-200 2 12 8 275 (20/255)
On Order: 239 (38/201)
Deliveries from June 2010 2 - Air One
On Order: Alitalia
Airbus A350-800 0 12 12 287 (??/???) Entry into service: 2014 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) To be replaced (2011 or 2012) 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: 1 March 2010 107 - Alitalia
1 - SkyTeam
6 - Alitalia Express
25 - Air One
10 - Air One CityLiner

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

  • On 17 March 2009, Alitalia received its first new aircraft since the merger with Air One, the aircraft was an Airbus A320-216 (EI-DTB).
  • In May 2009, Alitalia painted one of their Boeing 767-300ER (EI-DBP) in a special SkyTeam livery.
  • All A320 aircraft and soon all A319 and A321's were refitted with new "slim" Recaro seats, allowing to add two rows of seats in each case, without affecting legroom.[16] There seems to be PTV installed, but not fully functional yet.

Club Magnifica enhancement

In November 2009, Alitalia began to upgrade their Club Magnifica class on all aircraft. The upgrade consists 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 Frette
  • New amenity kits by Culti
  • New china by Richard Ginori

The upgrade is initally only fully available on selected routes for North America, in parts on other routes.


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. It also grants access to Alitalia's Privilege clubs, Ulisse, Freccia Alata, and finally Freccia Alata Plus, depending on how many miles you have collected in a year, with various advantages depending on the club.[17]

Incidents and accidents

Listed here are incidents since relaunch of operations of Alitalia on 13 January 2009.

  • On 15 January 2010, Alitalia Flight 60, a Boeing 767-300ER, damaged its plastic bumper covering on the aircraft's tail skid whilst taking off from New York City's John F Kennedy International Airport. The incident was reported to ATC by Delta Air Lines pilots who then passed the information on to the Alitalia pilots. The Alitalia pilots decided to circle JFK for 1 hour to burn off enough fuel to make a safe emergency landing. The FAA said that the aircraft did not over rotate and that the passengers were never at any risk. They are continuing to investigate the incident.[18]
  • On 17 February 2010, an Alitalia flight from Rome to Cairo, Egypt with 157 passengers, had to make an emergency landing in Cairo after a reported bomb threat. A notable passenger on the flight was Egyptian Tourism Minister Zuheir Garana.[19]


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File:Alitalia Airbus
A321 of Alitalia

[[File:|thumb|Alitalia head office]] Alitalia (IATA:AZ ICAO:AZA) is the biggest airline in Italy. It is 25% owned by Air France.


Alitalia flies to 80 cities in 39 countries. 27 of these cities are in Italy.


(Only Alitalia, without Air One, Alitalia Express and Air One CityLiner.)

  • 12 Airbus A319-100
  • 25 Airbus A320-200
  • 23 Airbus A321-100
  • 6 Boeing 767-300ER
  • 10 Boeing 777-200ER
  • 19 McDonnell Douglas MD-82


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