A large part of Alitalia's retired fleet of Boeing MD-80s is being offered for sale by administrators for the Italian carrier's former assets.

The administrators are seeking formal expressions of interest for up to 22 aircraft. The tender comprises four lots: one with 10 aircraft and three with four aircraft each. Administrators have set an 8 April deadline for interested parties to submit offers for the twinjets.

The aircraft are part of the former Alitalia fleet that was discarded when the airline was restructured and emerged under new ownership last year.

Alitalia MD-80
  © Alitalia

In the tender document the administrators say that the aircraft will be sold "for the highest consideration offered" as long as this is not lower than their appraisal value.

The MD-80s are the only aircraft unsold from the original 46-aircraft fleet. Last year Brassbox acquired 14 Embraer ERJ-145s from the administrators, to be operated by Ukrainian airline Dniproavia.

Tulsa-based charter operator Omni Air International acquired two Boeing 767-300ERs, while California lessor Magellan Aviation acquired four ATR 72-210s and Danish lessor Nordic Aviation Capital purchased four ATR72-500s.

Source: Flight International