Meridiana, one of the most traditional Italian airlines from today will be called Air Italy and the changes go much further, it is the birth of a new airline with heavy investment in fleet and routes.
The news was announced today (19/02) by Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, which has owned 49% of Meridiana since 2016.
According to Business Traveller, the new airline’s upgrade and expansion plans include the acquisition of 50 new aircraft, including the Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 for long-haul routes and Boeing 737 MAX8 for short and medium-haul services from from the hub in Milan.
The first aircraft are to be redeployed from the Qatar fleet until new aircraft are received.
Qatar Airways’ plans for Air Italy are ambitious, they want to take advantage of the bad moment experienced by Alitalia to become Italy’s flag carrier. We know how much money the Arabs have for that.
The news is bad for the Brazilian public, as the company will focus on business destinations and that’s why it canceled the weekly flight from Milan to Fortaleza.
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