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European Commission Requests Clarifications On Alitalia Rescue Plan

Ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia has hit another bump in the process that was set to see the newly-formed state-owned company Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) take over Alitalia's main assets and flight operations and then receive a 3 billion euro ($3.6 billion) fund injection from the country's government. The ITA business plan has raised numerous concerns by the European Union which needs to make sure strict conditions are in place for the new cash injection not to be considered state…

New Alitalia Set To Halve Fleet, Workforce

Last Friday a new chapter started in the never-ending story of troubled Italian flag carrier Alitalia when the newly-formed state-owned company Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) presented its new business plan to the Transport Commission of the Italian Government. The new company is supposed to take over some of the assets…

Alitalia To Sell Assets To New State-Owned Company

The process to rescue the fledgling Italian flag carrier Alitalia as a state-owned carrier realized a decisive step forward on Oct. 29 when the newly-formed company founded to take over all the activities from the “old Alitalia” was formally registered, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports. The new company is…

Alitalia Completes COVID-19-Free Trial Flights

As the airline industry is struggling to cope with the collapse in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some carriers and trade associations are trying to experiment with possible solutions that could encourage the general public to take to the skies again. After the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said…

AGLounge News Recap: Wizz Air Rapidly Expands As Other Airlines…

Thank you for reading the AGLounge News Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at this week's episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis on each of these stories, you can listen to the AGLounge by Airline Geeks podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, or Apple Podcasts. In…

Alitalia Rumored to Include Boeing 787s, Airbus A220s In Future…

After a decision by the Italian government last March to renationalize Alitalia following a failed series of attempts to find an international partner willing to buy a stake into the struggling flag carrier, no official business plan for the future of Alitalia has been proposed by the team that has…

EU Likely To Reject Alitalia’s Rescue Plan

The new life of Alitalia as an again-state-owned carrier has not even started yet, and there is already a bump in the road ahead for the Italian flag carrier. The European Union Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager appears to be inclined to reject the plan proposed by the Italian government…

Alitalia Lays Out June International and Domestic Schedules

Italy-based Alitalia has announced a significantly increased schedule for the month of June, in comparison to what the airline operated in May. June’s schedule tentatively consists of 36% more flights than May and a return of trans-Atlantic flying. In total, 30 routes will be flown between 25 separate airports, including…

New Alitalia to Exit SkyTeam Transatlantic Joint Venture, Expand Long-Haul…

After its original decision in March to re-nationalize the Italian flag carrier, Alitalia, the Italian government has taken all the necessary steps to transition all the assets into the new company that will be owned by Italian taxpayers who, during the past 12 years, have injected over 7 billion euros…

At a Glance: European Airlines Response to COVID-19

As the effects of the global pandemic take full effect across the world, the bosses of major airlines across Europe have begun to announce what measures they will take to help protect their airlines for future operations. Some have decided to defer orders, others have decided to expedite the retirements…