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Old October 12th, 2013, 02:05 AM   #541
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Wow

That is huge for Venice.... Wish them some luck.
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Interesting. Could be a profitable route if done seasonally. Cant imagine there will be a demand year around.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 02:40 PM   #543
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That is huge for Venice.... Wish them some luck.
Honestly: they could avoid it.
Continue to complain about the lack of long-haul aircraft but then they open routes without any sense.
It was better increase Milan-Tokyo from 4xw to daily given that all year thousands of Japanese passengers arriving to Milan via other European hubs.

What i'm saying is that: before Alitalia must develop the links from the main areas of the country (Milan for business and cargo and Rome for tourism) and put in order the financial statements, after you think to offer links to other areas of country.

Anyway, the flight is heavily subsidized by the management company of Venice airport

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Interesting. Could be a profitable route if done seasonally. Cant imagine there will be a demand year around.
Delta has reduced the VCE-JFK from annual flight to seasonal flight therefore i do not believe that a flight VCE-NRT could be successful during the year.
This flight will be used mostly by Japanese tour operator.
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Last year, I did a FCO-NRT-FCO by AZ on board of their 777-200ER. The plane was full in both ways. 80-90% of passangers were japanese tourists. I spoke to the cabin crew and the told me that it is normal on the Italy-Japan route. In addition, a japanese lady who sited next to me, told me that it is her 3rd trip to Italy for a holiday and generaly, a holiday trip to Italy is very popular among the japanese people.
So I think, VCE-NRT could bring some profit to AZ and, as we all know, AZ really needs money.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 04:30 PM   #545
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Id say the VCE route is probably more profitable if done seasonally as you people say. But AZ needs all the money it can get.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 01:37 AM   #546
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Rome Is a Hub of Alitalia's Woes

ILAN—Alitalia is scrambling to survive by trying to coax more cash out of Air France-KLM SA AF.FR -1.78% . But new capital from its industry partner wouldn't solve one of the unprofitable Italian carrier's biggest problems: the lack of a viable hub.

Many battered airlines around the globe have staged comebacks by exploiting a strong home airport. A decade ago, British Airways IAG.MC -3.74% and Swiss International Air Lines used the high-margin business traffic generated by their hubs in London and Zurich, respectively, to turn themselves around, focusing on their best routes. Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. QAN.AU +0.39% and Japan Airlines Co. now are attempting to do the same.

But years of dithering by Italian politicians and Alitalia's protracted weakness have left the Italian flag carrier stuck with its main base at Rome's undersized Fiumicino airport and with its operations in the more-lucrative Milan market split inefficiently between two airports.

Airport hubs work best when many planes arrive around the same time, trade passengers and depart again quickly. But, experts say, years of underinvestment have left Fiumicino stretched to capacity and operating below the standards of airports in other major European capitals. And, while Rome draws millions of tourists a year, as well as politicians and religious pilgrims, it is home to far fewer premium business travelers than Milan, the center of Italy's industrial north.

"Fiumicino doesn't have the size to be a hub, while Alitalia doesn't have the size to make Fiumicino into a hub," said Roberto Pardolesi, an economics professor at LUISS university in Rome. "They've missed the plane."

Alitalia declined to comment.

Although the airport's owner, Aeroporti di Roma SpA, has been upgrading its facilities and plans to step up investment, industry officials say that may come too late to help Alitalia. The owner says one reason for its delay in making further investments was that it had to wait for permission to raise the airport's fees, which had been well below the European average for more than 10 years.

Meanwhile, a proliferation of airports near Rome and Milan—there are a dozen in northern Italy alone—has allowed foreign carriers to siphon off passengers who might otherwise have flown Alitalia and carry them via their own hub airports to Italy's north and east. That has forced Alitalia to chase budget-conscious travelers with unprofitably low fares, along with the limited numbers of Italian business passengers who want to avoid changing planes on long trips.

In Milan, one of Europe's wealthiest cities and a major business center, Alitalia competes with Deutsche Lufthansa AG LHA.XE -2.00% 's group of airlines, British budget carrier easyJet EZJ.LN -1.48% PLC and non-European carriers such as Dubai's Emirates Airline.

he airline's woes in its home market pose a fundamental challenge as it races to assemble a restructuring plan, which the Italian government fears will add thousands of Alitalia employees to Italy's long unemployment lines.

The plan has to persuade Air France-KLM that it wouldn't be throwing good money after bad. In 2009 the Franco-Dutch carrier paid €323 million ($445 million) for a 25% stake in the Italian airline as it emerged from bankruptcy reorganization and privatization. Now, just four years later, Alitalia again faces insolvency.

Earlier this month, Alitalia's shareholders, including Air France-KLM, agreed in principle to a €300 million capital increase and gave themselves until Nov. 16 to pony up. Alitalia executives say they have raised part of the sum.

Air France-KLM Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac has said he wants to take control of Alitalia and won't invest more money unless Alitalia pursues an aggressive restructuring. People close to Air France-KLM recently have said the carrier is prepared to sit out the capital increase and let its stake be diluted if restructuring talks fail.

Alitalia's grip on the Italian market has been weakening for two decades, partly due to the government's lack of a clear transport policy, critics say. "It's a chronology of the disaster of transportation in Italy," said Giulio De Carli, chief executive of One Works, an infrastructure consulting firm.

A turning point for Alitalia came in the late 1990s. As Milan's small Linate airport neared capacity, the government built the larger Malpensa airport more than 30 miles outside the city.

The plan was to close Linate and develop Malpensa as Alitalia's main hub, drawing traffic from the region and connecting flights from across Italy. That approach reflected the fact that carriers tend to fare best growing from a wealthy city, where they can augment their higher-margin local traffic with lower-margin connecting customers from other markets.

Based on the Malpensa plan, Alitalia in 1997 agreed to a joint venture with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The two developed a strategy using KLM's Amsterdam hub in Northern Europe and Malpensa in the south.

But in 1999, Italian officials backtracked on their plans to shut Linate, leaving Alitalia's Milan traffic split between two airports. The decision "took away the economics under the Malpensa hub," former KLM Chief Executive Leo van Wijk said later. The reversal drove KLM to abandon Alitalia. KLM later merged with Air France.

With Alitalia reeling, European rivals flooded nearby cities such as Turin and Venice with flights to their global hubs in Frankfurt, Zurich and Paris.

The Italian carrier vacillated between Malpensa and Fiumicino for years, complicating both airports' development plans, but eventually settled on Fiumicino as its hub.

Amid frequent management changes and political fights, Alitalia missed opportunities that other smaller European airlines seized, compounding its woes. TAP Air Portugal found a niche linking Europe to South America and Finnair Oyj connects Europe to Asia directly over the North Pole, said Craig Jenks, president of Airline/Aircraft Projects, a New York consulting firm. Alitalia could have used Rome as a hub for destination further east, such as the Balkans, Middle East and Asia, he said.

But since Alitalia's bankruptcy reorganization in 2008, the fast expansion of Emirates, other Persian Gulf carriers and Turkish Airlines have "seriously undermined" any hope for Alitalia to shift its business eastward, Mr. Jenks said.

Emirates, for example, runs three daily flights between Dubai and Malpensa and one to Venice. Turkish serves seven Italian cities.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 04:35 AM   #547
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Honestly: they could avoid it.
Continue to complain about the lack of long-haul aircraft but then they open routes without any sense.
It was better increase Milan-Tokyo from 4xw to daily given that all year thousands of Japanese passengers arriving to Milan via other European hubs.

What i'm saying is that: before Alitalia must develop the links from the main areas of the country (Milan for business and cargo and Rome for tourism) and put in order the financial statements, after you think to offer links to other areas of country.

Anyway, the flight is heavily subsidized by the management company of Venice airport




Delta has reduced the VCE-JFK from annual flight to seasonal flight therefore i do not believe that a flight VCE-NRT could be successful during the year.
This flight will be used mostly by Japanese tour operator.
You could not have said it any better, but you still need to give some credit to Venice airport. I am sure they are getting some decent traffic from Slovenia and Croatia. I always see Slovenian users posting trip reports from Venice... Btw YYZ-MXP is on the cards again, but this time with Air Canada.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 07:24 AM   #548
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Just a few questions: with Alitalia's current woes, what do you think the airline should do to return to profitability while finding ways to improve and optimize its services out of Rome and Milan? What routes do you think Alitalia should ax (remove) and which of those current services should be enhanced? And do you think that Milan-Malpensa should regain its role as Alitalia's main hub while Rome-Fiumicino Airport should be expanded to gain even more routes for the airline?
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Old October 27th, 2013, 04:02 AM   #549
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You could not have said it any better, but you still need to give some credit to Venice airport. I am sure they are getting some decent traffic from Slovenia and Croatia. I always see Slovenian users posting trip reports from Venice... Btw YYZ-MXP is on the cards again, but this time with Air Canada.
Could it be true what you say, but the fact is that such an experiment at a time like this could be avoided.
I think that if Alitalia had a good network of connections around the world from Milan would not do find it hard to earn transits from the Balkan countries.

I am very happy with the opening of Air Canada to MXP.
In Milan we felt the lack of a direct flight to a important commercial partner like Toronto (after all, Milan and Toronto are the economic capitals of Italy and Canada)
I think that Air Canada have a good chance of success

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Just a few questions: with Alitalia's current woes, what do you think the airline should do to return to profitability while finding ways to improve and optimize its services out of Rome and Milan?
The best solution would be the bankruptcy of AZ (now AZ is a cancer of italian aviation business) and the foundation of a new airline as happened with Sabena (now Brussels Airlines) and Swissair (now Swiss) and begin operations from the only airport in able to be a hub that is Milan Malpensa (Rome Fiumicino airport is not in a favorable geographical position and in its interior does not have that component of high-quality traffic and goods that can be very profitable to make a flight, for example: Cathay Pacific from FCO operates during the winter season 4xw with A343 while at MXP operates 7xw with B77W and 3xw all-cargo with B744F
But before do whatever is absolutely necessary to close the Linate airport!
Out of Milan and Rome would be good Air One structured as Germanwings with bases in Venice, Naples and Catania.

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What routes do you think Alitalia should ax (remove) and which of those current services should be enhanced? And do you think that Milan-Malpensa should regain its role as Alitalia's main hub while Rome-Fiumicino Airport should be expanded to gain even more routes for the airline?
Alitalia should increase on the long haul but also on medium-haul something still missing.
On medium-haul are still missing many important destinations such as Stockholm, Helsinki, Dublin, Berlin, Hamburg, Zagreb, Edinburgh, Manchester etc..

To do this, I repeat, AZ must be positioned on the only airport that can give him any chance of success.

FCO should remain without someone until the new airline will not be able to serve even Rome in the best way possible.

All that i say you would be the business plan of Alitalia of 1998 when Alitalia was going to merger with KLM.
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Some good news: Etihad mulls stake in struggling Alitalia

Abu Dhabi-based airline reportedly looking at taking a majority stake in cash-strapped Italian carrier


By Alexander Cornwell, Staff Reporter

http://gulfnews.com/business/aviatio...alia-1.1268970
Dubai: A majority stake in cash-strapped Italian carrier, Alitalia, will give Etihad Airways access to one of the most important international traffic markets in Europe feeding more eastbound passengers through its Abu Dhabi hub, aviation experts say.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad is reportedly involved in discussions that could see it take a 30 to 40 per cent stake in Alitalia and make a capital injection as high as €350 million.

Etihad, however, declined to comment.

The Italian carrier has been searching for a new partner after Air France-KLM let its shares dilute down to around seven per cent from 25 per cent after it did not to take part in a €300 million capital increase.
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Hi everyone happy new year!!

OK according to Italian news sources EY CEO James Hogan will attend a press conference in Zurich to discuss the takeover of Darwin Airlines but that of AZ will also be mentioned. A new foreign CEO is to be appointed(rumoured to be English with plenty of experience in the Asian aviation market) and EY will hold a 40-49% stake in the Italian carrier.

http://www.milanofinanza.it/news/det...se%20(Giornale)
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Old January 5th, 2014, 03:42 AM   #552
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Thanks, happy new year to you too

Meanwhile, Alitalia has already burned the money of the capital increase:

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Alitalia case, Del Torchio appealed again to the banks

MILAN Alitalia can not get out of the financial turmoil. And although from 26 December to 7 January, the company expects an increase of 3,4 % of passengers on the dashboard of Gabriele Del Torchio has once again turned on the indicator of liquidity. That's why December 27 , despite the 300 million capital increase just received ( and almost all burned ) , as stated in the Messenger , the ad Cai wrote Unicredit and Intesa Sanpaolo cash to beat again . Rather, the manager for nine months of the yoke , he suddenly raised the overall financial needs of the maneuver (increase and new finance) , in support of the strategic plan , launched by the board on 10 October from 500 to 550 million. The additional 50 million are expected to increase the loan installment agreement with the two banks of a sum of 200 million and the grant of which , however, was subject to a number of conditions . Since some of these have not yet been realized , in the missive Del Torchio asks for a deposit of 50 % of the new finance : would 125 million at the earliest form of bridge.
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But Unicredit and Intesa , during one of the many consultations almost daily ( also at stake is the preparation of lists for the renewal of the board of directors of the meeting on Monday 13 ) agreed to take time . A referral is the decision to increase the new loan 250 million and is on the advance of liquidity. The two banks , while confirming its willingness to support the recovery , within \ the involvement of other banks for operation of the system and the arrival of a new partner , they want to proceed with leaden feet . The new partner , that Etihad , apart from the interest shown officially a few days before Christmas that has fueled hopes, there are no certainties . The Arab company in the early days of next week , should submit to the government a number of requests to which , first, makes his interest in concrete : agreement with the unions on the plane Del Torchio ( to be reviewed) , confirming the support of ADR in terms of investment, maintenance of slots, intervention on the other ports . Finally negotiated with the banks.
Obtain these answers , Etihad may proceed with the execution of a due diligence on real Alitalia cards so far viewed in the data room is open to other companies , are considered insufficient . So time for a possible landing in the capital are not close : March if all the tiles will go to their place. The company of Abu Dhabi could subscribe to a reserved capital increase of up to 49% , upper limit fixed by European standards . And the amount will be adjusted to the capital needs of the moment.
With these perspectives, Del Torchio needs cash to move forward. Yesterday afternoon there would be a call between representatives of Post Office, Unicredit and Intesa to address all the issues at stake. Including the predispositions of the lists in view delll'assemblea and the determination of the plenum of the board : no more like 19 today , but not 7-9 as they would like to Post and Unicredit. Understanding leads to 13 places having made ​​promises to shareholders medium-small to entice them to subscribe to the capital, a place to go Percassi Antonio , new entry with 4% . The plenum could be 11 . The lists must be submitted by Wednesday, 8 . Tuesday 7th there will be a decisive meeting . The members present in order, to prevent the aggregation of one list could trigger the obligation to opa , required by statute , in the case of agreements or contracts that exceed 50%. And you can choose the president, on the table resists the idea of ​​Domenico Cempella . As for the ad , Del Torchio has agreed to stay.
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Alitalia red record in 2013: 5 years burned 1.4 milliard of euros

The new Alitalia has closed the worst budget of its short history, burning in 2013 more than one and a half million Euros per day: the red last line of the budget, a record loss of around 569 million (which is not official yet but emerges only rumors: the figure was not disclosed after approval of the accounts in the board of directors or the shareholders' meeting later today), if confirmed will mark the worst result for the whole adventure in the loss of the "captains Courageous": 1.412 billion burned in 5 years.

The financial statements trace the free fall of the company resurrected with the Plan Phoenix from the ashes of the old Alitalia, born free from the past boulders that choked the former national airline: job losses, debts, and air assets to be divested, deleted everything, left in a bad company in liquidation.

BALANCE 2009 - It is the synthesis of the first year of life: the loss is 326 million, about 800 thousand Euros per day. At December 31, the debt is 799 million. Revenues at an altitude of 2.921 million, 21.8 million of the
passengers carried.

BALANCE 2010 - After the first year from start-up, in the second year of the new company seemed to have reversed course toward optimism: still leaks, but the red is reduced to 168 million,
approximately 460 thousand euro per day; At year end, the debt remains in line to 839 million. Revenues of EUR 3.225 billion (+14.1%), 23.4 million passengers (+7.4%).

BALANCE 2011 - The accounts are in the red but still improve. The loss of 'only 69 million, down about 190 thousand Euros per day. The debt is 854 million. Revenues 3.478 billion (+7.9%), 25
million passengers (+5.5%).

BALANCE 2012 - The red explodes over the previous year loss has quadrupled, rose to 280 million: about € 765.000 burned every day. At December 31, the debt breaks one billion (1,028 million). Still growing revenues to 3.594 billion, passengers down to 24.275 million.

BALANCE 2013 - It's the meltdown. The half-yearly accounts - latest official figures - reported a loss already higher than that of the entire previous year: 294 million. If confirmed, an annual loss of 569 million will be little more than double the year before red.

http://economia.ilmessaggero.it/econ...d/816282.shtml
In other words, only a possible agreement with Etihad prevents Alitalia to place, from tomorrow, the aircraft on the ground...

Congratulations to Alitalia management....
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I have no idea what Etihad sees in Alitalia. Alitalia is bleeding money, the unions don't want to cooperate, the airline is cut between Milan and Rome, and the European Union's laws severely limit Etihad's control.

I think Etihad should move their sights somewhere else. Europe is a very mature market, why not invest in some developing markets where the government and employees are more willing to cooperate, such as in Asia?
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Who is behind the Linate airport? Is it Silvio? That airport is one of a kind shame for the Italian society. Shut it down ASAP!
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Alitalia could also bring into bankruptcy EY, it's a business sense sion.
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Alitalia and Etihad Airways finalise 1,76 bn € investment deal. Italy come back to 'fly high'.

After months of intense negotiations, Etihad Airways takes today a 49% of Alitalia. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad will invest an estimated 560 million euros in Alitalia in a deal that is expected to keep the Italian carrier alive while providing Etihad with greater access to lucrative routes in Europe. Hogan also pledged to invest as much as 1.758 billion euros in restructuring the Italian carrier over the coming years, adding he expects Alitalia should be profitable by 2017. The deal is an "excellent outcome," said Gabriele Del Torchio, Alitalia's chief executive officer. Italian Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi has said the deal with Etihad was essential to keep Alitalia alive. "We did it, we have believed for eight months in this deal, in the face of those who did not believe it," said Lupi.

The deal must now be approved by European regulators who will be checking closely for possible State aid, which has been alleged in the past by air industry competitors. The large stake to be taken by Etihad had triggered concerns with the European Commission, which warned Italian authorities to ensure the United Arab Emirates-owned carrier does not gain a majority holding in Alitalia. EC rules require that majority ownership of European airlines remain in European hands, and the Italian government has reassured the EC that those rules were being obeyed. Hogan said he had high hopes for Alitalia's future. "To me, the sexiest airline in Europe should be Alitalia".

Strategic business plan which will see new long-haul routes from Rome and Milan, a revitalized brand, and a greater focus on Italian tourism and trade promotion. Italian travellers will be able to benefit from a wider choice of destinations while new global connections will boost inbound tourism.

Etihad Airways' investment of €560 million will be provided through a combination of equity injections, asset purchases and other financing facilities and funding arrangements to re-structure the airline's balance sheet. This is to be complemented by a further equity investment of €300 million from existing core Alitalia shareholders, including Intesa San Paolo (€88m), Poste Italiane (€75m), UniCredit (€63.5m), Atlantia (€51m), IMMSI (€10m), Pirelli (€10m) and Gavio (€2.5m).

"We believe in Alitalia. It is great brand with enormous potential. With the right level of capitalisation and a strong, strategic business plan, we have confidence the airline can be turned around and repositioned as a premium global airline once again". Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said "Alitalia is the perfect ambassador for Italy and all that it represents. As we revitalise the brand, the airline will increasingly embody all that we recognise as quintessentially Italian – the history, culture, food and fashion. It must be an airline of which Italians can be proud. Alitalia can succeed and it can grow again but it needs to build from solid foundations. We have made it clear from the start that our entire investment should be focused on supporting the implementation of the new business plan, which will see this goal come to fruition."

From Summer 2015, Alitalia will also begin to implement connections between other Italian cities and Abu Dhabi, with plans for direct flights from markets such as Venice, Catania and Bologna. Rome Fiumicino will emerge as a larger European intercontinental hub, with up to five new routes over the next four years, while long-haul flights from Milan Malpensa will more than double to 25 flights a week by 2018. Alitalia's widebody fleet is planned to grow by a third, while its narrowbody fleet will be rightsized to meet the requirements of the new network plan.

Members of the MilleMiglia frequent flier program will be able to 'earn and burn' on Etihad Airways and partner airlines, with future integration of the programmes planned. While network integration and optimization will deliver top-line revenue growth for Alitalia, the cost synergies inherent in the partnership will provide substantial opportunities. These include streamlined hub operations, and joint procurement in the areas of aircraft, engines, maintenance-repair-operations, training, catering, ground-handling and fuel. The partnership will also pave the way for the redesigning and automating processes and working arrangements in line with best practice, and the adoption of leading IT platforms.

To better serve the Italian cargo market, which is the third largest in Europe, Alitalia's cargo business will be relaunched and expanded, with the establishment of a centre of excellence in Northern Italy, investment in handling capabilities at Italian airports, and the optimization of an integrated cargo network. James Hogan said: "Italy is a hugely important market for Etihad Airways, from both trade and tourism points of view. The UAE is Italy's top trading partner in the Middle East and North Africa region, and is home to more than 10,000 Italian citizens and 300 Italian companies".

"The possibilities when we knit together our network with those of our existing equity partners, including airberlin, Air Serbia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, Air Seychelles and Aer Lingus, and of course our strategic codeshare partner, KLM-Air France, will provide the most compelling customer offering." Alitalia and Etihad Airways were last month named as Official Global Airline Carriers for Expo 2015, the upcoming universal Exposition which will be held in Milan from 1 may to 31 October 2015.

About Alitalia + Etihad Airways
* 36.5 mln passengers in 2013 (23.99 Alitalia, 11.5 Ethiad).
* 211 destinations
* Ethiad Airways has a fleet of 102 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 210 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is in the process of formalising its equity investment in Swiss-based Etihad Regional.
* Alitalia is a member of the SkyTeam global alliance and, since 2010, forms part with Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines of the main air transport Transatlantic Joint Venture. Alitalia is one of the most efficient airlines thanks to a reduction in the number of aircraft types and low environmental impact.
* Alitalia has been recognised by the pollsters of the German Institute of Quality and Finance (ITQF) as "the best airline for the services offered to customers", winning the gold medal with an 82.6% percentage rate of satisfaction.
* The prize of "Best Airline Cuisine" has been awarded by the American magazine Global Traveler, which has been conducting research on the exceptional achievements of the travel and tourism industry for ten years.
* In 2013 Alitalia has also been awarded as with the prize Best In-Flight Wine Program at the SAVEUR Culinary Travel Awards.

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Alitalia could also bring into bankruptcy EY, it's a business sense sion.
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1947 On 5 May 1947, Alitalia-Aereolinee Italiane Internazionali, incorporated in September 1946, operated its first domestic flight on the Turin-Rome-Catania route with a three-engine Fiat G-12. In July of the same year, it made its first international flight from Rome to Oslo with a Savoia Marchetti SM95 aircraft with 38 passengers on board.

1950 The first Alitalia flight attendants, dressed in uniforms designed by Sorelle Fontana, made their first flights. The four-engine DC4 entered service, leading to an important change in terms of service quality. The airline began serving hot meals with a high-quality and refined selection of food and beverages that made the Company one of the carriers most preferred by international travelers.

1957 Alitalia merged with LAI and became Alitalia – Linee Aeree Italiane with 3000 employees, a fleet of 37 aircraft and a network of roughly 100,000 km. The Company was now able to compete with the large international carriers. In the general airline company rankings, it jumped from 20th to 12th place.

1960 Alitalia was the official carrier of the Rome Olympics and for the first time in its history, carried more than 1 million passengers in one year. The first jets entered service and the new Leonardo da Vinci airport in Fiumicino was opened. Alitalia transferred its operations base here the following year and inaugurated its modern Training Center.

1969-70 Alitalia became the first European airline company to fly with an "all jet" fleet. It modified its logo and aircraft livery: the “Winged Arrow” was replaced by the tri-color “A”. The Boeing 747 jumbo jet entered service, allowing the Company to increase passenger and cargo capacity on the North Atlantic routes.

1980-82 Despite the difficult period caused by the oil crisis, the fleet renewal continued with the insertion of the Airbus A300, twin-engine jets with great capacity, and the new MD Super 80 for medium-haul flights, while the B747 Combi became part of the fleet, permitting greater flexibility in passenger and cargo transport.

1991-92 The new three-engine jets were equipped with technologically innovative flight instrumentation and a significant operating range: it was now possible to fly nonstop for more than 12,000 km. The new uniforms made their debut, designed this time by Giorgio Armani who also collaborated in the design of the interiors of the new aircraft. The MilleMiglia Program was launched.

1997 On 3 November 1997 at 11:15 PM on board flight AZ 769 from Bombay to Roma, Maya was born, a beautiful little girl weighing approximately 6 pounds, thanks to the assistance of an Italian gynecologist on board and the entire crew.

2001-02 Alitalia Linee Aeree Italiane became part of the SkyTeam Alliance, joining Air France, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air, Aeromexico and CSA Czech Airlines. The modern and efficient twin-engine B777 replaced the glorious B 747s on the long-haul routes.

2009 On 13 January, Alitalia – Compagnia Aerea Italiana operated its first flight. The company took over the goods, infrastructures and personnel from Alitalia – Linee Aeree Italiane and absorbed Air One, creating a single airline, today leader in Italy.

2014 Alitalia-Etihad Airways Marriage

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