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Alitalia plans merger with Blue Panorama and Wind Jet

Alitalia, Italian flag-carrier is expected to merge with two Italian operators Blue Panorama and Wind Jet. The memoranda of understanding with both carriers has been already signed which to the star of the process processes "aimed at achieving integration".

Rome-based Blue Panorama, set up in 1998, specializes in scheduled and charter services on local and long-haul routes. The fleet of the carrier consist of several Boeing jets , including 767s, 757s and 737s as well as some Sukhoi Superjet.It has a short-haul division branded Blu-Express.

Wind Jet is a low-cost operator which fleet mainly consist of Airbus A320-family aircraft . The services began in 2003, with a strategy intended to connect Sicily to various points in Europe. It has a fleet of a dozen aircraft, and bases in Palermo, Catania and Rimini.

According to Alitalia the planned integration of Blue Panorama and Wind Jet is "consistent with the process of continuing consolidation" in the air transport sector, both domestically and internationally. It also noted that both airlines have "synergistic and complementary profiles" regarding their network and fleet, which could be exploited in a tie-up.

Alitalia said it transported 25 million passengers last year while Blue Panorama carried two million and Wind Jet had 2.8 million.

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