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Founded 1954
Commenced operations 2015
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program MilleMiglia
Airport lounge Alitalia Lounge
Alliance Skyteam
Subsidiaries Alitalia CityLiner
Destinations 102
Headquarters Rome, Italy

Alitalia is the biggest airline in Italy.


The "first" Alitalia was founded on September 16, 1946. Its first flight was on May 5, 1947. In 1960, Alitalia started flying jet aircraft. In 1995, Alitalia tried to merge with KLM, but it failed. 1998 was the first profitable year for Alitalia. In 2001, Alitalia joined SkyTeam. The airline lost more than €3.7 billion since 1999 until 2008. On January 12, 2009, the "first" Alitalia shut down. The next day, on January 13, the "second" Alitalia began. In June 2014, Etihad Airways bought 49% of Alitalia. On January 1, 2015, a "third" Alitalia began. This one is 49% owned by Etihad and 51% owned by Italian shareholders.


Alitalia flies to 102 destinations in 41 countries. 28 of these cities are in Italy. Alitalia's main hub is at Rome Fiumicino Airport.


  • 22 Airbus A319-100
  • 42 Airbus A320-200
  • 12 Airbus A321-100
  • 14 Airbus A330-200
  • 8 ATR 72-500
  • 10 Boeing 777-200ER
  • 1 Saab 2000


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