Italian domestic airline AirOne has strengthened its challenge to Alitalia on the key Milan-Rome route with a deal to take on the operations of small domestic carrier Noman. Despite its size, Noman has built up a 4%market share on the Milan-Rome route, helping to add to AirOne's existing 25%, and providing valuable slots at Milan's Linate Airport. The carrier, based at Rome with two McDonnell Douglas DC-9s, will lease its operations to AirOne, which operates eight Boeing 737s.

Source: Flight International