Air Italy

Still alive? Air Italy applies for flights to United States

Air Italy abruptly declared bankruptcy in February 2020, after alleged conflicts between its investors. Now, however, the airline has applied to continue to serve the United States market....


Europe’s airline graveyard: carriers that went burst since 2019

While Flybe bankruptcy came as a surprise to many, the regional carrier is joining a list that is getting less and less surprising, as many more carriers have announced their bankruptcy since 2019....


Qatar Airways ups stake in British Airways parent IAG to 25%

Qatar Airways increases its stake and now owns 25.1% of International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of multiple European carriers including British Airways and Iberia.   ...


BREAKING: Air Italy suspends operations from February 25

With the backing of Qatar Airways, the growth plans of Air Italy were very ambitious. However, the airline has reportedly hit a financial wall, which requires more cash to climb over to keep operating....


Air Italy in financial ruin: reports

While the plans to grow were more than ambitious when Air Italy announced its rebranding from Meridiana, the carrier has reportedly hit a wall: a shareholders meeting will decide the future of the airline....


Air Italy to open US market for Gulf carriers?

Air Italy and Oman Air announced a curious codeshare partnership. Amidst the new destinations available to Oman Air passengers, two US cities are present. Is the new agreement a demonstration of soft power?...


Iran Air to replace Mahan Air route between Tehran and Rome

The national carrier of Iran, Iran Air, announced the return of a route between Tehran and Rome at the beginning of December 2019. Earlier in the month, Italy banned Mahan Air, another Iranian carrier, from its airspace following diplomatic pressure from the United States....


Qatar Airways backed by US airlines before country’s government

In the long-lasting trade conflict between the United States legacy carriers and the Gulf big trio, some U.S. airlines are stepping up to advocate for Qatar Airways, arguing that government interference might cause retaliation, which could seriously harm their own expansion plans to Europe....


Qatar Airways Italian endeavor causes US airline industry panic

When Air Italy, the country’s second largest airline, announced early in December 2018, its plans to launch flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco, U.S. legacy carriers responded in outrage. What they see behind the small Italian carrier, formerly known as Meridiana, is the guiding hand of Qatar Airways, Air Italy’s current co-owner. Although Qatar has been investing into a range of foreign airlines for years now (most recently &min...


Old quarrel, new rhetoric: US legacy carriers clash with Qatar

United States legacy carriers accuse Qatar Airways of disrespect to the U.S. President?  ...