News Listings for Air Sicilia

  • ANALYSIS: Italian airline consolidation enters end-game

    News | 02 Feb 2012 15:53 | Graham Dunn

    Alitalia's planned acquisition of local carriers Wind Jet and Blue Panorama, together with Meridiana Fly's previously announced merger with Air Italy, caps...
  • Alpi Eagles to renew fleet and increase services

    News | 01 May 2001 00:00

    <p>Italian regional airline Alpi Eagles is gearing up for a major fleet renewal and expansion. The privately owned carrier aims to finalise its plans by the third quarter. </p> <p>Alpi operates eight Fokker 100s from its Milan hub on regional services within Italy and to points in Spain, Germany and France. One of the Fokkers is operated under a wet lease agreement by Air Sicilia. The move is planned to allow the airline to boost its capacity and range capabilities. </p> <p>Smaller regional aircraft types are being studied to help the airline take a larger slice of the Italian domestic market. Meanwhile, the acquisition of an aircraft larger than its 85-seat Fokkers will allow Alpi to serve new European destinations. </p> <p>Although no formal decision is due before the middle of the year, the airline is thought to be eyeing 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145s for its regional routes, and the acquisition of Airbus A320s for its mainline operations.</p>
  • Air Sicilia restarts

    News | 13 Mar 2001 00:00

    <p>Air Sicilia has been granted clearance from Italy's civil aviation body ENAC to restart operations with its Boeing 737s after re-organising its technical support and maintenance department. The authority had given Air Sicilia two months to comply after the discovery of maintenance shortcomings (<I>Flight International</I>, 6 - 12 March).</p>
  • Air Sicilia renews fleet with MD-80s

    News | 06 Mar 2001 00:00

    <p>Air Sicilia is working to standardise its fleet on the Boeing MD-80 as it looks to expand. The move comes as the airline's Boeing 737 fleet is grounded by Italy's civil aviation authority ENAC following the discovery of maintenance and support discrepancies. </p> <p>The Sicilian carrier operates scheduled services from its Catania base to other points on the island and the Italian mainland. Its fleet includes two leased 737-200s, two ATR 42s and a Fokker 100. </p> <p>Two of the aircraft are wet-leased - one ATR and the Fokker 100 - and these will be replaced by two ex-Scandinavian Airlines MD-83s. Two more MD-83s will be acquired later to replace the 737s, which are being returned to Air France. </p> <p>Meanwhile Air Sicilia has offered to replace the management of its technical support department and to install a new management structure, following the grounding order regarding its 737s. </p> <p>Italy's ENAC will lift the grounding order as soon as the new structure is in place
  • Italy grounds Air Sicilia 737s

    News | 23 Feb 2001 12:18 | Graham Dunn

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Italy’s civil aviation authority (ENAC) has grounded Air Sicilia’s two Boeing 737s after a recent technical audit revealed deficiencies in the airline’s application of navigational requirements for the aircraft.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>ENAC grounded the two 737-200s, owned by Irish company Rancement, from being used on scheduled services in Italy by the carrier on 20 February after carrying out the inspections.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Air Sicilia is currently not able to operate its other aircraft, an ATR 42-300 turboprop, either due to maintenance requirements, leaving its whole fleet grounded for the time being.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>The carr
  • Marketplace

    News | 14 Nov 2000 00:00

    Alpi Eagles has signed a firm contract for four Embraer ERJ-145s for delivery from the second quarter of next year. CIT Aerospace has confirmed a $3.5 billion order announced at the Farnborough air show for 35 A320 family aircraft and 15 A330s. Airbus says that the order includes A318s, as well as "flexibility among A330/A340 family members". Meanwhile, CIT has taken delivery of its first two new Airbus A320s. The CFM International CFM56-5B4/P-powered aircraft have been leased to UK charter operator Air 2000. Air Sicilia is expanding its fleet with the introduction this month of a Fokker 100 on wet lease from Alpi Eagles. The airline is also seeking two additional Boeing 737s for 2001. Dragonair will receive the first of two ex-Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-300 Special Freighters in July, with the second arriving in September. The aircraft will be converted to SFs from combi configuration by Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) in Xiamen, China (<I>Flight International</I>, 7-13 Nov