Air Italy has entered liquidation after shareholders Alisarda and Qatar Airways refused to invest further resources in the company. The airline lost €164 million in 2018, based on revenue of €283 million.
Oman Air has debuted its first codeshare flights connecting the sultanate and the USA. Streamline travel from Muscat to New York and Miami, via Milan, is now on offer through the carrier’s partnership with Air Italy.
Qatar Airways has defended its shareholding in Air Italy against claims that the stake contravenes the United States-Qatar open skies agreement.
Air Italy has unveiled its first Boeing 737 MAX and its striking new livery at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Seattle, in front of a crowd of VIP dignitaries and guests, including prince Rahim Aga Khan, alongside international media.
Meridiana has announced it will rebrand as Air Italy. Qatar Airways previously strengthened its commitment to Italy in 2017 with the acquisition of 49 per cent of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Air Italy, while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda kept 51 per cent.