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ITA Airways
ITA Airways Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
AZ ITY[1] ITARROW[2]
Founded11 November 2020; 20 months ago (2020-11-11)
Commenced operations15 October 2021; 9 months ago (2021-10-15)
AOC #IT.AOC.0194[3]
HubsRome–Fiumicino
Focus citiesMilan–Linate
Frequent-flyer programVolare
Alliance
Fleet size63
Destinations52
Parent companyGovernment of Italy (via Ministry of Economy and Finance)
HeadquartersRome, Lazio, Italy
Key people
Websitewww.ita-airways.com

Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A., trading as ITA Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier airline of Italy.[4] It is fully owned by the Government of Italy via the Ministry of Economy and Finance.[5] The airline flies to over 41 scheduled domestic, European, and a few intercontinental destinations (to be expanded). ITA Airways is a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.

History

Background

Main article: Alitalia

Italy's flag carrier Alitalia had been in operations since 1946. It was owned by the Italian government until 2009, when it became a private company after reorganizing and merging with the bankrupt Italian airline Air One.[6] Alitalia reorganized again in 2015 after receiving an investment from Etihad Airways, with Air France-KLM Group already owning a minority stake.[7][8] With multiple failed attempts to make the airline profitable, the airline was placed under extraordinary administration in 2017 just days after Etihad Airways ended its support of Alitalia.[9] On 17 May 2017, after the government ruled out nationalizing the airline, it was officially put on the auction block.[10]

After multiple failed negotiations with Delta Air Lines, EasyJet, Italian railway company Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, and China Eastern Airlines, the Italian government took ownership of the airline in March 2020.[11][12] The government takeover was due in part to the belief the airline would not be able to survive the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its own.[13] On 10 October 2020, the Italian government signed a decree to allow the airline to reorganize as Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A.[14]

2020s

On 28 October 2020, it was reported that ITA was expected to buy several assets from Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A., including the brand and the flight codes of Alitalia and Alitalia CityLiner, the IATA ticketing code (055), the MilleMiglia frequent-flyer program, and airport slots at London Heathrow (68 weekly slots in summer and 65 in winter). The transaction was expected to cost €220 million.[15]

However, on 8 January 2021, the European Commission sent a letter to the Italian Permanent Representative to the European Union calling for Italy to launch an "open, transparent, non-discriminatory and unconditional tender" to shed Alitalia assets.[16] The letter consisted of 62 requests for clarification, rejecting the idea that the old carrier could sell its assets to the new company with no open bidding. The letter stated that ITA should not retain the Alitalia brand, since the brand is an emblematic indicator of continuity. The European Commission suggested that the combined aviation, ground handling, and maintenance businesses should be sold separately to a third party. It also suggested that slots must be sold, and that the MilleMiglia program in its entirety could not be transferred to the new corporate entity.[17]

On 26 August 2021, ITA officially opened ticket sales on its newly launched website.[18]

On 27 August 2021, ITA applied for an Exemption and a Foreign Air Carrier Permit with the United States Department of Transportation.[19] The document noted the airline's intention to start flying to New York City, Boston and Miami in 2021, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. in 2022, and Chicago and San Francisco in 2023. The same document stated that prior to the start of its flight operations, planned for 15 October 2021, ITA would acquire certain assets from Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A., and that ITA would also participate in a public tender to acquire the "Alitalia" brand.

ITA Airways Airbus A320-200
ITA Airways Airbus A320-200

On 30 September 2021, ITA announced that it would work with Airbus as a "strategic partner", providing details of its fleet plans.[20][21] The airline announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 10 Airbus A330neo, 7 Airbus A220 and 11 Airbus A320neo aircraft, for a total of 28, along with an agreement with Air Lease Corporation to lease an additional 31 new Airbus aircraft, including the Airbus A350-900.[22][21]

On 22 October 2021, former Alitalia employees who had not been rehired protested against ITA. Women at the demonstration shouted slogans wearing only white nightgowns. Company CEO Alfredo Altavilla called the protest "a national shame".[23]

ITA officially joined the SkyTeam alliance on 29 October 2021, but for the time being only for one year, until new owners have been found and a long-term strategy has been made.[24]

Starting on 2 December 2021, ITA started carrying flights with the Pope starting with Pope Francis, replacing Alitalia for most papal flights[25] The Pope's flight was often nicknamed "Shepherd One" by the press, while the actual callsign was "Volo Papale" (papal flight, in Italian) followed by a serial number.[26]

On 24 January 2022, ITA announced that MSC Group and Lufthansa had expressed an interest in becoming majority owners of the Italian airline, with the Italian Government keeping a minority stake.[27][28] On 10 March 2022, fellow SkyTeam members Delta Air Lines and the Air France–KLM group also expressed interest in investing in ITA, by teaming up with investment firm Certares.[29] Indigo Partners also expressed interest, leaving a total of three interested parties.[30][31] After the deadline ended on 23 May 2022, only MSC/Lufthansa and Air France-KLM/Certares bid for ITA.[32]

Corporate affairs

Ownership and corporate office

Ministry of Economy and Finance head office, which is also the ITA head office
Ministry of Economy and Finance head office, which is also the ITA head office

ITA is fully owned by the Italian government via the Ministry of Economy and Finance. As such, the airline's corporate offices are located in the ministry.[33]

The airline's leadership is as follows:

Logo and livery

On 15 October 2021, the day flight operations began, ITA Airways' new brand was also presented. Its aircraft livery features a renewed design and new color scheme, with blue for the fuselage and white for the wings, and a white "ITA Airways" logo with part of the letter A in red and the Italian tricolor at the end of the tail. The “Alitalia” brand, though not currently used, was purchased for potential future marketing operations and to prevent its use by competitors.[34]

Destinations

Main article: List of ITA Airways destinations

ITA plans to serve 45 destinations (including 21 in Italy) with 61 routes, growing to 74 destinations and 89 routes by 2025.[35]

Alliances

ITA Airways has been a member of SkyTeam alliance since 29 October 2021.[36]

Codeshare agreements

ITA Airways has the following codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet

An ITA Airways Airbus A350-900 in the “Born To Be Sustainable” livery.
An ITA Airways Airbus A350-900 in the “Born To Be Sustainable” livery.

Current fleet

As of July 2022, ITA Airways operates an all-Airbus fleet, composed of the following registered aircraft:[53]

Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
B E+ E Total Refs
Airbus A220-100 7 TBA Deliveries from 2024.[54]
Airbus A220-300 15 TBA Deliveries from 2023.[55][56]
Airbus A319-100 18 32 112 144 [57] Taken over from Alitalia after its closure.
Airbus A320-200 32 1[53] 174 174 [58] Taken over from Alitalia after its closure.[59]
EI-DSZ in Air One livery, EI-EIB in "Born in 2021" livery.
180 180
Airbus A320neo 19 TBA Deliveries from 2022.[54][55][56]
Airbus A321neo 20 TBA Deliveries from 2022.[55][56]
Airbus A330-200 8 20 17 219 256 [60] Taken over from Alitalia after its closure.
Airbus A330-900 15 TBA Deliveries from 2023.[56]
Airbus A350-900 5 3 33 301 334 Deliveries began 2022.[61]
EI-IFD in "Born to be sustainable" livery.[62]
Total 63 80

Fleet development

Announced on 30 September 2021, ITA Airways signed an agreement with Airbus with an order for 10 Airbus A330neo, 11 Airbus A320neo and 7 Airbus A220. ITA Airways also announced an agreement with Air Lease Corporation and other aircraft leasing companies to take up 56 aircraft, including the Airbus A220, Airbus A320neo, Airbus A321neo, Airbus A330neo, and Airbus A350.[20][21][22][55]

On 15 October 2021, ITA Airways took over 18 A319-100, 25 A320-200, and 6 A330-200 from Alitalia. This is occurred in the wake of Alitalia’s shutdown on 14 October 2021, before the commencement of ITA Airways’s operations on 15 October 2021. These aircraft joining the fleet were in addition to the 2 A320-200 and the 1 A330-200 already under the ITA Airways AOC. This addition of these 49 aircraft brought ITA Airways’s fleet total to 52 aircraft, the planned number for the start of operations.

Accidents and incidents

Services

Frequent flyer program

Volare is the airline's loyalty program, through which customers accrue points based on miles flown.[65] The European Commission prohibited the airline from buying Alitalia's MilleMiglia loyalty program.[66]

See also

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