News Listings for Med Airlines

  • 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...
  • 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
  • Routes

    News | 22 Apr 1998 00:00

    <p>-Sabena inaugurated a new service between Brussels and Birmingham on 5 April, and will fly the route four times daily with an Avro RJ85.</p> <p>-Australia and the Solomon Islands have lifted capacity entitlements between Honiara and Australian gateways from three to five weekly services, shared between Solomon Airlines and Qantas. The new agreement also provides the opportunity for niche services from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.</p> <p>-Iberia is to fly three times a week to Johannesburg from 19 May using an Airbus A340. The Spanish flag carrier is exploring links with other African carriers serving countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.</p> <p>-AirTran is to begin operating three daily flights between Hartford, Connecticut and Atlanta from 18 May.</p> <p>-Sky-Trek Airlines has started a scheduled service to Le Touquet, France, from Lydd in the UK, using a PBN Trislander.</p> <p>-Sicily's Med Airlines has begun operating its first of two Saab 2000s alongs
  • Med Airlines takes off from Sicily

    News | 16 Apr 1998 12:23 | Ian Verchere

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>New-start Sicilian regional carrier Med Airlines is up and running after taking delivery of its first two aircraft with a third to come shortly.</P> <P>Owner Francesco Castiglione, the primary figure in the island's tuna and fish-processing industries, says the carrier received its air operating certificate on 23 March and began services at the beginning of April.</P> <P>The all-business airline will improve intra-island and mainland air services and, Castiglione says, should improve the overall commercial prospects of the region.</P> <P>"It's also part of a drive by myself and local backers to counter negative perceptions of Sicily and open up the island to greater tourism and business activity," he explains.</P> <P>Based in Trapani, the airline is initially operating from its home base and Palermo, as well as the nearby islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria to Rome Fiumicino, Milan Linate, Genoa and Parma.</P> <P>At weekends there are a
  • Marketplace

    News | 04 Feb 1998 00:00

    <p> -Egyptair has signed a firm contract with Airbus Industrie for four A340-600s, including two orders and two options. It will introduce the 400-seat, Rolls-Royce Trent 500-powered A340 in 2003. </p> <p> -Southern Air Transport has taken delivery of a Boeing 747-200F, acquired from Northwest Airlines, which is being operated for South African Airways. SAT plans to add further 747 freighters by year-end.</p> <p>-Egyptian charter carrier Lotus Air, has selected International Aero Engines' V2500 to power its two Airbus A320s on order (one firm and one option). Deliveries will begin in January 1999.</p> <p>-International Lease Finance has sold five aircraft to a special-purpose company set up by Metlife Capital, with First Security Bank operating as a trustee. They include a Boeing 737-300 leased to Varig, a 737-400 leased to Alaska Airlines, a Boeing 757-200 leased to Mexicana, a Boeing 767-300ER leased to Asiana and an Airbus A319 leased to Swissair. ILFC continues to manage the le
  • Sicily's Med sets Saab 2000 start date

    News | 29 Jan 1998 16:57 | Chris Jasper

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>Fledgling Sicilian carrier Med Airlines should begin operations with its newly delivered Saab 2000 high speed turboprop from mid-February. A second Saab 2000 will be delivered towards the end of March and will enter service in early April.</P> <P>The first aircraft, delivered today, will operate on scheduled services between Trapani - 80km from Palermo - and Rome. The second will be based at the Sicilian capital itself and is likely to help extend the airline's route network to mainland cities including Genoa, Bari and Bologna and - possibly - Zurich in Switzerland. Says Med director of operations Paulo Rizzi: "We are still looking at possible routes."</P> <P>Med will continue to lease the Aero International (Regional) ATR 42 which currently operates between Sicily, Rome and the southern islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa.</P> <P>Med has an option on one more of the 53-seat regional airliners, although - as with the Saab 340B - productio