The privately-owned Air Italy is the second largest airline in Italy after the flag carrier Alitalia. It was founded on 19th February 2018, and is presently headquartered in Olbia. This newest Italian carrier is also the 38th largest airline in Europe. Air Italy is a subsidiary of AQA Holding and is co-owned by Alisarda, which has a 51% share, and Qatar Airways with 49% share. Air Italy was formerly a part of Meridiana Brand since 2013. The new airline came into being to offer a stiff competition to Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia.
Air Italy operates out of its main hub at Milan-Malpensa Airport. Its focus city is at Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport. The airline is presently offering flights services to over 34 domestic and intercontinental destinations in Europe, North America and Africa. The airline is planning to offer flights services on more than 50 year-round routes by 2022.
The routes where Air Italy is presently operating direct international flights from Milan Malpensa includes Zanzibar, Moscow, Mombasa, Lagos, Havana, Dakar, Cairo and Accra. The airline is however offering year-round flights to Rome and Milan Linate from its secondary hub at Olbia Costa Smeralda. The seasonal service will be offered to a wide range of regional and domestic destinations.
Air Italy owns an impressive fleet comprising of Airbus A330, Boeing 737 MAX 8, Boeing 737 Next Generation and Boeing 767 aircrafts. The airline has so far not become a member of any major airline alliances.
Air Italy has signed codeshare agreements with eight airlines, which includes four member airlines of oneworld. The airlines with which Air Italy will be in codeshare agreement include Qatar Airways, S7 Airlines, Iberia, British Airways, Blue Panorama Airlines, Blue Air, Air Moldova and Air Malta.
The short and medium haul aircrafts operated by Air Italy prominently features Business Class cabin in a 3-3 layout with the middle seat blocked. However, the Economy Class has a similar layout as business class. In-flight entertainment is not offered on short haul aircrafts, but the passengers are allowed to make use of free WiFi on board for streaming movies and songs on their own personal smartphones or tablets.
Air Italy offers Business Class cabins on its long-haul aircrafts, which has flat bed seats installed in a 2-2-2 layout. Each business class seat is equipped with in-flight entertainment system offering passengers to enjoy TV shows and movies in both Italian and English. The business class passengers are also offered amenity kit, designer pajamas and slippers on international flights. The premium passengers are also treated to a welcome drink, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and breakfast or snacks of their choice.
The Economy Class cabin has slimline seats installed in a 2-4-2 layout. In-flight entertainment system is fitted in each economy class seat.
Frequent Flyer program
The frequent flyer program of Air Italy is called Meridiana Club. The members of the frequent flyer program can utilize the accumulated Meridiana Club points on partner airlines Iberia and British Airways. Moreover, the Meridiana Club points can also be used on partner hotels and partner car rental.