Italian carrier Air Italy, formerly known as Meridiana, unveiled its all-new livery yesterday via Facebook. Italy’s first 737 MAX 8 finished being painted at Boeing’s facility in Portland, Oregon and will be delivered to the airline soon.
With a goal of having Italy’s newest fleet, the carrier is currently awaiting the delivery of 20 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and 30 787 Dreamliners. Additionally, the carrier will receive five Airbus A330-200s from Qatar Airways, who owns 49% of the airline, until the Dreamliners begin being delivered in May 2019.
Due to Qatar Airways’ large influence in the airline, the new livery features Qatar Airways burgundy along with an aquamarine trim on the white fuselage. Air Italy titles will also be placed centrally towards the front of the fuselage and an aquamarine/burgundy tile pattern will be placed on the tail.
…to be continued pic.twitter.com/wJhNY0TyKA
— Air Italy (@air_italy_) April 22, 2018
The first 737 MAX 8 will be used domestically from the airline’s hub in Milan to Naples, Palermo, Catania, and Lamezia-Terme on May 1, 2018. Air Italy also intends to paint its Airbus A330 fleet it is receiving.
Much discussion remains as to whether or not Qatar’s investment in Air Italy will pay dividends for either carrier. Qatar’s nearby competitor, Etihad Airways, has faced significant hurdles with several of its acquisitions, including Air Italy’s competitor, Alitalia.