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Air Italy's inaugural flight landing on approach to JFK's runway 22L. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Shaquille Khan)

Air Italy Reportedly on the Brink of Bankruptcy

Italian airline Air Italy could be fighting for its survival and to avoid an imminent grounding, according to reports by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The carrier, 49 percent of which is owned by Qatar Airways, is expected to report a loss for 2019 superior to the 160 million euros deficit that was reported for 2018, and an emergency board meeting that was planned for February 18 has allegedly been moved up to February 11 because of the liquidity crunch…

The Implications of Alaska’s Newly-Inked Agreement with Air Italy

In a development that is likely to stir some controversy in the U.S. airline business, Italian carrier Air Italy signed a Special Prorate Agreement with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines adding ten more destinations in the United States to its network. These new destinations include Portland, Oregon, San Diego and Seattle and…

Air Italy Sparks New Controversy in U.S.-Middle East Carriers Row

The lingering debate fostered by major U.S. carriers complaining about “unfair competition” on behalf of airlines from the Middle East has seen a major flare in the last few days due to some back-and-forth between the CEOs of airlines involved in the dispute. On Tuesday, American CEO Doug Parker, Delta…

Air Italy Inaugurates Los Angeles Service, Celebrates Long-Haul Network Growth

Air Italy has landed on the West Coast, bringing Italian style to Los Angeles from Milan and providing the only nonstop link between the two cities. The inaugural flight from Milan's Malpensa Airport arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Wednesday afternoon marking the very first West Coast flight for…

U.S. Airlines Reignite Concerns with Qatar Airways over Air Italy…

Qatar Airways is hitting back at allegations that they are subsidizing Air Italy by providing ‘free’ aircraft and engaging in anti-competitive practices. The Financial Times reported the allegations by incoming U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee chairman Peter DeFazio and his concerns that the Qatari airline was undertaking strategies to…

Air Italy Announces Two New North America Routes

Air Italy has announced a new route to Toronto, Ontario as it continues to expand its North American network. The flight from Milan Malpensa to Toronto will begin on May 6, 2019, marking the fifth route in Air Italy’s expanding North American push, the first of which to be in…

Air Italy Announces New U.S. Flights as Senators Request Investigation

Air Italy has announced it will launch new routes to two new American cities in 2019, choosing to serve the West Coast cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco in its latest route expansion. Following the launch of New York and Miami service earlier this year, Air Italy focused largely…

Air Italy Signs Codeshare Agreement with LATAM

Qatar Airways' brainchild, Italian carrier Air Italy announced it had signed a codeshare agreement with South American oneworld alliance member LATAM Airlines. The new agreement involves a codeshare in LATAM's two daily flights between Brazil and Italy. Passengers to and from flights JJ8110 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Rome and LA8062…

Alitalia Faces Further Challenges as Sale Deadline Looms

Italy’s national carrier Alitalia is facing new challenges as the Oct. 31 deadline approaches for the end of the sale process for the airline, which declared bankruptcy in 2017. The deadline for offers was delayed from earlier this year after the Italian general election failed to produce a clear winner…

From MXP to MIA: The New Air Italy Launches Second…

Exactly one week after its first long-haul flight landed at New York’s JFK airport, Air Italy’s second long-haul flight began service from the airport’s main hub in Milan, Italy to Miami, Florida. Flight IG903 departed Milan’s Malpensa Airport for Miami International Airport in South Florida around 1:30 p.m. and flew…