Air Italy THE BIRTH OF A NEW NATIONAL CARRIER?

Almost a year after its launch, Matteo Legnani reflects on the colourful history of Air Italy, before joining the airline on its inaugural service from Milan/Malpensa to New York/JFK.

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Airbus A330-200, EI-GFX (c/n 571) was the first to enter the Air Italy fleet from Qatar Airways.
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With flag carrier Alitalia in a perennial comalike state, which even the deep pockets of Etihad couldn’t revive, and regional air travel dominated by foreign low-cost carriers, launching a new full-service carrier in Italy could appear questionable. Despite these strong headwinds, nearly a year after its first commercial services, Air Italy is an airline which is looking to the future with cautious optimism.

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