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Clement Charpentreau
Italian government expects coronavirus to save Alitalia

The Italian government will take control of Alitalia from June 2020. It expects the coronavirus crisis currently affecting the air transport industry to work in favor of the ailing carrier....


Rytis Beresnevicius
Etihad’s investments: trend or series of unfortunate events?

Over the course of its short history, Etihad Airways made a series of investments in various airlines around the world. However, some were less successful than others: but was it a case of a series of unfortunate events or was it a trend?...


Rytis Beresnevicius
Could coronavirus result in resurgence of flag carriers?

Coronavirus touched airlines no matter whether they were small or big. And the countries that these airlines reside in rely on them to provide vital connectivity to the outside world. While the industry has been going towards consolidation and doing more with less, could the COVID-19 crisis change the course of aviation?...


Clement Charpentreau
Italy to renationalize Alitalia after virus scares off buyers

As the potentiality to find a buyer in the context of the coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic is almost null, the Italian government seems ready to re-nationalize Alitalia, according to local media reports....


Rytis Beresnevicius
Will coronavirus be the culprit to put Alitalia to rest?

Alitalia, which has operated under bankruptcy protection since 2017, seemingly can survive everything that anyone throws at it. However, can the breakout of Coronavirus become the final nail in Alitalia's coffin?...


AeroTime Team
Alitalia facing shut down by mid-2020?

Bankrupt since 2017, Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia was promised a fresh infusion of $400 million in funds earlier in December 2019. But the lifeline could be the state’s last attempt to keep the troubled carrier afloat, media reports now indicate. If the latest grant is indeed the last one that Italy’s government makes, this means that the mid-2020 would be a crucial time for the airline’s survival: it either finds a suita...


Rytis Beresnevicius
Staying alive: Alitalia given $443 million government loan

The troubled Italian airline, Alitalia, has been granted an emergency loan by the Italian government in order to continue flying. Yet what are the prospects for the carrier to move forward?...


Ruta Burbaite
Union strikes and shambolic negotiations: Alitalia still kicking

Two years after Alitalia declared bankruptcy and various deadlines extended, the Italian government is still negotiating a binding proposal with potential investors, including U.S. carrier Delta. The protracted talks over the rescue of the ailing national airline seem to be reaching the boiling point both among the partners working on a turnaround plan for Alitalia and the carrier’s employees. To express their frustration over the continuin...


Clement Charpentreau
EasyJet withdraws from Alitalia rescue plan

After discussions with state-owned railroad company Ferrovie dello Stato and Delta Air Lines regarding the potential formation of a consortium to take over Alitalia, easyJet withdrew from negotiations....


Ruta Burbaite
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...