Airline in focus: Air Italy

This week we profile Routes Africa 2018 attendee Air Italy, the carrier previously known as Meridiana.


Each week we will examine in detail one of the airlines attending an upcoming Routes event. In this edition we analyse Air Italy, which is attending Routes Africa 2018.


Air Italy is an Italian airline with its headquarters in Olbia. The carrier secured investment from Qatar Airways in 2017, which acquired a 49 percent stake in holding company AQA Holding. 

Earlier this year, the carrier changed its name from Meridiana to Air Italy as part of its plan to add new  domestic, medium-haul and long haul destinations from Milan Malpensa.

In May 2018, it added new domestic routes from Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme scheduled for connection to its newest long-range destinations including New York, Miami and Bangkok (starting in September 2018). 

Air Italy's network also includes direct international flights from Milan Malpensa to Accra, Cairo, Dakar, Havana, Lagos, Mombasa, Moscow, Zanzibar and, from its Olbia Costa Smeralda hub, year-round scheduled services to Rome, Milan Linate and seasonal ones to a wide range of domestic and regional destinations. 

The airline's fleet, currently comprising eight Boeing 737 NG and three Boeing 767-300, will be progressively renewed with eight new aircraft - three brand Boeing 737 MAX 8 and five Airbus A330-200 joining during 2018 and with the full retirement of the B767-300 by the end of 2018. 

See more details about Air Italy on Route Exchange

 The data is all supplied by OAG Aviation using its OAG Schedules Analyser tool.

Key facts

Headquarters Olbia, Italy
Total ASKs (2017) 5,928,488,400
Total seats (2017) 3,699,706
Total routes (2017) 132
Total departure points (2017) 62
Total countries (2017) 23

International route map (summer 2018) - click to enlarge:

air italy summer 18