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 | 30 Apr 2001 23:00

    <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
  • 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
  • Italy clamps down on small regionals

    News | 01 Feb 2000 00:00

    <p>Italy's civil aviation authority, Enac, has clamped down on several of the country's small regional airlines in its first moves to tighten regulatory inspections following its reorganisation in 1997. </p> <p>Air Sicilia is back in operation following the grounding of the chief pilot for failing to comply with numerous procedural requirements, effectively grounding the Palermo-based carrier's two Boeing 737s and one ATR 42. A new chief pilot has been approved by Enac. </p> <p>Another new entrant on the Italian regional market, SiFly, was briefly grounded after Enac suspended its operator's licence. The carrier had failed to complete fully the required flight and maintenance log books for the ATR 42 which crashed in Kosovo on charter to the United Nations in November, killing all 24 people on board. </p> <p>The civil aviation authority has also taken action over Italair, a carrier based in Rome that operates a network including Pisa and Alghero, in Sardinia, with three ATR 42s. The