31 Facts About Alitalia


Alitalia had its head office in Fiumicino, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital.

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On 24 August 2021, Alitalia announced that it would cease operations on 15 October 2021, and that passengers with tickets for later flights could reschedule on an earlier flight or request a refund.

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On 15 October 2021, in a hybrid reorganization, Alitalia sold its entire operation to ITA Airways, a newly formed state-owned flag carrier.

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On 31 October 1957, Alitalia merged with Linee Aeree Italiane and took on the name of Alitalia – Linee Aeree Italiane.

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Alitalia was owned by the Italian Ministry of the Treasury, other shareholders, including employees and Air France-KLM.

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In November 2003 Alitalia announced that it would cut 2,700 jobs over the next three years to prepare the airline for a merger with Air France and KLM.

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In 1995 Alitalia signed a partnership with KLM which aimed at a merger.

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In September 2007, Alitalia announced that it would nearly halve its hub at Malpensa and instead focus on Rome-Fiumicino and move all intercontinental flights there.

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In January 2010, Alitalia celebrated its first anniversary since the relaunch.

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On 11 February 2010, Alitalia announced that, starting from March 2010, it would use Air One as a low-fare airline, with operations based at Milan Malpensa Airport, focused on short-haul leisure routes.

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On 25 January 2012, Alitalia signed memoranda of understanding with two other Italian airlines, Blue Panorama and Wind Jet, and said to have started processes "aimed at achieving integration" with them.

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All were Alitalia employees caught on camera and most were charged with aggravated theft and damage.

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In May 2015, Alitalia announced it would terminate its partnership with Air France-KLM in 2017, stating that there were no longer enough advantages from the joint venture to keep it up.

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In February 2016, Alitalia announced that in late March 2016 it would cancel most of its routes from Pisa, including Moscow, Prague, Berlin, Catania and Tirana.

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On 25 April 2017, after Alitalia employees rejected job-cuts proposal aimed at reducing costs, the airline announced that it would start going through a bankruptcy process, beginning with the appointment of an administrator.

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On 24 August 2021, Alitalia announced it would be ending all ticket sales on their website and announced customers who purchased tickets for flights after 15 October 2021 will be refunded.

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Alitalia's continued loss-making over several years had led to various changes of ownership and status.

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Alitalia branding was iconic with Italians as the airline adopted the colors of the flag of Italy.

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The name Alitalia is an Italian portmanteau of the words ali and Italia.

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Alitalia has reported only one year of profit since its foundation in 1946.

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In May 2008 the government issued a decree that would exempt Alitalia from disclosing information on this sale to the market.

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Alitalia Cargo had a fleet of 5 McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighter aircraft operating from Malpensa International Airport.

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Alitalia had been in the SkyTeam alliance since 2009; Alitalia - LAI originally joined in 2001.

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Alitalia had arranged code-share agreements with SkyTeam members, allowing passengers to fly to numerous destinations using a single Alitalia ticket.

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In July 2010, Alitalia joined Air France, KLM and Delta's transatlantic joint venture, meaning that the profits from flights across the Atlantic would be shared between the four airlines.

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The fidelity program of Alitalia, called MilleMiglia, with more than 6,000,000 customers, was not sold to ITA Airways, and will continue functioning independently.

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Between 2009 and 2011, Alitalia renewed its fleet with 34 new aircraft, while 26 older planes were retired.

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Alitalia had four classes of service: Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class Medium Haul and Magnifica.

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Alitalia Loyalty was now part of Global Loyalty Company, a loyalty and lifestyle company that aimed to allow Etihad Airways and its partners to target the global loyalty market more effectively.

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Eight Alitalia flights were hijacked, and 29 aircraft accidents or incidents involved Alitalia planes.

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Alitalia dedicated two Boeing 767 aircraft to the lost pilots.

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