Airlines
Trulli
An Alitalia Airbus A320 aircraft (Photo: aeroprints.com [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])

Alitalia Needs to Downsize Before Lufthansa Is Ready To Invest

After the November 21 deadline, the eighth deadline during the past two and a half years of special administration, went by without any offer being presented to the bankruptcy administrators, it is back to the drawing board for Alitalia, the struggling Italian flag carrier looking for a way out of its deepening crisis. The market has spoken: Alitalia in its current shape and size is unable to attract suitable investors and needs some profound, and most likely painful, changes before…

Alitalia’s Rescue To Enter A New Phase

The struggle for survival Alitalia has been going through for the last two-and-a-half years has just got considerably longer. The November 21 deadline for a rescue plan, the eighth deadline that had been set by the special administrators running the company, passed by without any proposal being put forward by…

Lufthansa Renews Interest in Struggling Alitalia

In an unexpected twist of the never-ending saga of Alitalia’s restructuring, German carrier Lufthansa is now becoming an interested party in the operation. After expressing a lukewarm interest at various stages throughout the entire process, that has been progressing for the past two and a half years, and after being…

Milan Linate Airport Reopens After Maintenance Shutdown

At 6:02 p.m. on Satuday, Alitalia flight AZ2092 from Rome landed at Milan Linate Airport. It was the first flight to land at Milan’s city airport after a three-month closure to allow the resurfacing of the runway and some upgrade works to the terminal building and the baggage handling system.…

Flights To and From Italy Canceled Due to National Strike

A significant number of flights to and from Italy were canceled today as the result of a national strike called by public and private sector workers over demands for higher pay and improved pensions and working conditions. Alitalia is reported to have canceled over 250 flights, including some on Thursday…

Alitalia Still Without a Savior, Is the End Approaching?

Another deadline has passed for Alitalia and there is still no indication of a likely solution to the Italian flag carrier’s long-standing troubles. A binding offer that was due to be presented by Oct. 15 on behalf of the consortium led by Ferrovie dello Stato and Atlantia did not materialize…

Alitalia Adds San Francisco to Growing U.S. Network

Despite being plagued by financial woes and threats of liquidation, Italian carrier Alitalia has announced that the carrier will begin service between Rome and San Francisco next summer. This is not a completely new service for the carrier as Alitalia previously flew between Milan and San Francisco in 2001, but…

No Finish Line Yet In Sight For Alitalia

Those who were looking forward to another episode of the never-ending saga of Alitalia and its quest for survival will have to wait a bit longer. The deadline for the presentation of a binding offer and commercial plan for the Italian flag carrier, that has been operating under bankruptcy protection…

Atlantia to Become Alitalia’s Majority Stakeholder

The never-ending saga of ailing carrier Alitalia seems to be close to a new chapter. On Monday, the now-majority stakeholder Ferrovie dello Stato (the Italian state railway company) held a Board of Directors meeting to choose among the four non-binding offers that were received for a 40 percent stake in…

Alitalia Becomes State-Owned Again, Delta Takes 10 Percent Stake

If any Italian has the need to define "circular" with a single word, the best choice at hand would be just to say  "Alitalia." July 15 will be the official date of a new cycle of the former flag company, as the special administration council that was ruling the airline…