MILAN: Meridiana, Italy’s long established privately owned airline, has entered a new phase of growth and development with a new identity as Air Italy.
Qatar Airways owns 49 per cent of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Air Italy, while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda has 51 per cent.
Air Italy aims to have approximately 50 aircraft by 2022 and is already committed to receiving 20 of the brand new Boeing B737-Max aircraft type from April 2018, over the next three years.
Air Italy will also receive five Airbus A330-200 aircraft this year from the Qatar Airways’ fleet, prior to these being further replaced by Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, commencing May 2019.
Network destinations will also be expanded with new long-range routes from Milan to New York and Miami already announced, followed by new short-haul routes connecting Milan and the airline’s long range destinations to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania and Lamezia Terme.