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  • 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...
  • Letters

    News | 16 Nov 2004 00:00

    <p>Low cost or catch all? I read with interest &quot;Boom in South-East Asia as low-cost carriers vie for dominance&quot; (<i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>Flight International</i>, 9-15 November). There is no doubt that the no-frills airlines are the growth factor in the region; after all there are over 20 of them now, with many more planned, and with the lowering of airline entry barriers we expect these &quot;boom&quot; conditions to last for at least another 18-24 months. However, what evidence do you have that the named new entrant carriers are bona fide low-cost airlines, and what criteria are being applied to describe such an airline? It strikes me that &quot;low cost&quot; is rapidly becoming a catch-all phrase that any airline can (and often does) apply to itself without necessarily providing ratification. There is an established set of criteria based on existing, and successful, Western low-cost airlines that broadly encompasses several things, including the majority o
  • Facing competition

    News | 30 Apr 2001 23:00

    <p>Gunter Endres ROME</p> <p>Italy is finally embracing airline industry deregulation after years of high fares and poor service. New carriers and new alliances reveal a market in transition</p> <p>Trailing behind most of Western Europe, the Italian Government has finally begun deregulating transport market. Since the long-delayed process started to kick in seriously last year, the skies over Italy have become crowded with newcomers scrabbling for a share of the potentially lucrative domestic market. Before then the situation was uncomplicated, with flag-carrier Alitalia enjoying a virtual monopoly, consolidated still further into smaller markets through a number of franchise partners. </p> <p>The downside for the Italian consumer - already a more reluctant air traveller than other Europeans and still preferring rail travel despite the large distances between metropolitan areas - has been an environment of high fares, poor one-class service, next to no catering and insufficient freq
  • Marketplace

    News | 13 Apr 1999 23:00

    Further to last week's report, the three Airbus A320s being acquired by Airtours International German associate Fly FTI are being leased from Japanese Lessor Orix. The Munich-based charter airline is also leasing a Boeing 737. Fortis Aviation has placed two 11-year-old ex-Philippine Airlines Shorts 360-300s on two-year leases with German regional carrier RAS Flug, to replace two similar aircraft being returned to their lessors. Aircraft Leasing and Management (ALM) has arranged the sale of two of 11 Fokker F28 Mk4000s it is remarketing for SAS, to Paris-based investment company Moncey Investissements. One of the aircraft has been placed with TAME of Ecuador. ALM says that five other F28s have been sold, subject to contract. Iberia has concluded a sale and leaseback deal with Babcock and Brown of 16 Rolls-Royce Boeing 757-200s it has on order. The deal includes eight firm orders due for delivery in 1999, and eight options scheduled for 2000. Iberia operates 14 757s on lease, but has
  • New Italian airlines gear up for 1999 operations

    News | 08 Sep 1998 23:00

    <p>Marco Messalla/ROME </p> <p>Two new Italian airlines are planning to start operations early next year, reflecting the continuing liberalisation of the country's internal market. </p> <p>Gandalf Airlines is considering purchasing either the Fairchild Dornier 328JET or Embraer ERJ-145 and will announce its decision on an initial purchase of two aircraft in October. </p> <p>The carrier will be based at Bergamo Airport, taking traffic from the Lombardy area to European destinations when international traffic is transferred from Milan Linate to Malpensa 2000 on 25 October. </p> <p>The second carrier, Italy First, plans to order up to four undefined aircraft for charter and scheduled operations from Rimini and will operate to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, USA, Caribbean and CIS countries, with the latter accounting today for almost 90%of traffic at the airport. The airline wants to develop Rimini as a mini hub for eastern European flights with connections to other Italian
  • Eurojet

    News | 08 Oct 1996 23:00

    <p>The second Euro-fighter 2000 to be fitted with Euro-jet EJ200 engines, the Spanish CASA-assembled prototype DA6, had its maiden flight in late August. The first EJ200-powered aircraft, DA3, assembled by Alenia in Italy, first flew in 1995. </p> <p>The DA3 logged 40 flights before its original 01A-standard engines were replaced by new 01C-standard units, incorporating improved aerodynamics. A routine strip-down of the removed 01A engines, which had accumulated 110 flight hours on the DA3 at altitudes of up to 36,000ft and speeds of up to Mach 1.2, "showed them to be in excellent condition, with no signs of wear of damage", says Euro-jet, a partnership between Italy's FiatAvio, MTU of Germany, ITP of Spain and the UK's Rolls-Royce. </p> <p>The aircraft is now being used to test the digital engine control unit, in conjunction with the latest version of the EF2000's flight control system software. </p> <p>Two more EJ200-powered EF2000s are due to be rolled out and have their maiden f